Friday, December 28, 2007

History and Politics Out Loud

This is a searchable archive of historically important speeches and other audio materials. It is called History and Politics Out Loud. It has been operated by Northwestern University since 1999 with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Michigan State University.

The site about page notes, "HPOL is a collection of invaluable audio materials some available for the first time on this website capturing significant political and historical events and personalities of the twentieth century. The materials range from formal addresses delivered in public settings to private telephone conversations conducted from the innermost recesses of the White House. Our aim is to provide an accessible source of audio information to enliven instruction and scholarship in history and politics and to enable easy access for all persons to the rich audio archives of American history and politics."

This is a great site full of primary source material. Although the site is limited in scope, what is here is good. The site could use more material but it appears it stopped growing in 2002. I guess we will have to just enjoy what is here.

A few samples:

George C. Marshall, Commencement address, Harvard University (1947)

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. sermon explaining his start in the movement for civil rights

Winston Churchill, The sinews of peace (1946)

Chief Justice Earl Warren eulogizes President John F. Kennedy (1963)

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