Greatest American Speeches of the 20th Century

Busse Library provides this website as a resource for students and faculty seeking the locations of famous American speeches. Both speaker and speech title indexes are provided. Those seeking addresses by women will find a specific index for that category. A master list of all contents is also available. For each speech, this listing offers full-text content, audio/video websites, and and photos of the speaker or event. Traditional print locations for Busse Library are also provided.


This project is based upon the 1999 "Top 100 American Speeches of the 20th Century," a project of the communications departments of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A&M University.

A full ranking of all the speeches and their texts can be found as the "Top 100 Speeches" at AmericanRhetoric.com.

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