Speeches for the Public Speaking Program

The speeches below are provided for students participating in the Public Speaking Program. Currently, there are two collections, American Speeches and Literary & Dramatic Monologues. Students should check with their teachers if they have any questions about which speech to use. Good Luck with your speech!

American Speeches

Abraham Lincoln: Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln: 2nd Inaugural Address Adm. William McRaven: U Texas Commencement 2013
Barack Obama: 2008 Acceptance Speech Barbara Bush: Wellesley Commencement Address Bill Clinton: Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Address
Brett Favre: Retirement Address Conan O’Brien: Harvard Commencement Address Gen. Douglas Macarthur: Duty, Honor, Country Address at West Point
Drew Brees: Loyola Commencement Address Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream Address Dwight D. Eisenhower: Farewell Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1st Inaugural Address Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Four Freedoms Address Franklin D. Roosevelt: Pearl Harbor Address
George Graham Vest: A Tribute to Dogs Address George H.W. Bush: Attack on Iraq 1991 Address George W. Bush: Address After the September 11 Attack
George Washington: Address Resigning His Commission Gerald R. Ford: Remarks on Taking Office, August 9, 1974 Harold Ickes: What Is An American Address
Hillary Clinton: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights Address Jamie Hyneman: Villanova Commencement Address Jim Valvano: 1993 ESPY Award Speech
John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address John F. Kennedy: Address to the Houston Ministerial Association John F. Kennedy: Decision to Go to the Moon Address
John F. Kennedy: Speech on the American Spirit Address Lady Bird Johnson: Tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt Address Noah S. Sweat: The Whiskey Speech
Oprah Winfrey: A Eulogy for Rosa Parks Oprah Winfrey: On Receiving the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award Patrick Henry: Give Me Liberty Address
Robert F. Kennedy: Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King Ronald Reagan: Brandenburg Gate Address Ronald Reagan: Challenger Disaster Address
Ronald Reagan: 40th Anniversary of D-Day Address Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman? Speech Stan Lee: Letter on Censorship
Steve Jobs: Stanford University Address Theodore Roosevelt: The Duties of American Citizenship Address Theodore Roosevelt: Strength and Decency Address
Ursula K. Leguin: A Left-Handed Commencement Address at Mills College 1983 Vince Lombardi: What It Takes to Be Number One William Faulkner: Accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature
Winston S. Churchill: Response to Becoming an American Citizen Winston S. Churchill: Never Give In Address Winston S. Churchill: Christmas Message from Washington, December 1941
Winston S. Churchill: This Was Their Finest Hour Address


Literary & Dramatic Monologues

Achilles’ Lament from the Iliad  Achilles to Agamemnon from the Iliad  A Retreating Artilleryman from War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
 Athena Asks Zeus to Help Odysseus from the Iliad  Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird  Build It and They Will Come from Field of Dreams
 Clytemnestra on Murdering Agamemnon from the Iliad  Danton’s Retreat from the Fourteenth of July and Danton  Electra Seeks Vengeance from Electra by Sophocles
 Eponine’s Death from Les Miserables  An Extract from Adam’s Diary by Mark Twain  An Extract from Eve’s Diary by Mark Twain
 Fantine’s Arrest from Les Miserables  Fantine’s Death from Les Miserables  Gandalf and the Finding of the One Ring from the Lord of the Rings
 Hector to Achilles in Hades from the Iliad  Hotchkiss Celebrates Snobbery from The Marriage by George Bernard Shaw  How the Thought police Work from 1984
 Ferris Bueller’s I Could Be the Walrus  Janning’s Confession from Judgment at Nuremberg  Jack Explains himself While Stuck Climbing the Beanstalk from the Beanstalk by Tara Meddaugh
 Jane’s Story About the School from Jane Eyre  Jane Tells Her Aunt Why She hates Her from Jane Eyre  Joanna Kramer’s Testimony from Kramer vs. Kramer
 Joan of Arc: Have Pity on Me from The Lark by Jean Anouilh  King Priam’s Apology from the Iliad  Luka’s Story from The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky
 Lysidamus: Nothing in the World Like Love from Casina by Plautus  Mr. Rochester’s Explanation from Jane Eyre  Newspeak and Doublethink from 1984
 O’Brien Talks About Power from 1984  Paquette Explains Why She Became a Courtesan from Candide by Voltaire  Paul Baumer: I Shouldn’t Have Come home from All Quiet on the Western Front
 Peculiar behavior Don’t make One Crazy from Mr. Deeds Goes to Town  Poseidon Demands Vengeance from the Iliad  Poseidon Against Odysseus from the Iliad
 Antigone’s lament Prison Forever from Antigone by Sophocles  Quint’s Story about the U.S.S. Indianapolis Sinking from Jaws  Robespierre from the Fourteenth of July and Danton
 Samantha Black Crow from American Gods by Neil Gaiman  Sir Patrick Explains the Medical Profession from The Doctor’s Dilema by George Bernard Shaw  Smirnov: I Am Done with Women from The Boor by Anton Checkov
 The Battle with Grendel from Beowulf  The Opening from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens  The Road to Isengard from The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
 Von Helsing Describes the Vampire from Dracula  Who Is Kyser Soze from The Usual Suspects by Christopher McQuarrie