Busse Library provides this website as a resource for students and faculty seeking the locations of famous American speeches.

The Full Listing offers the ranked results of the project with websites providing audio, video, full-text display, and photos of the speaker or the event. Traditional print locations for Busse Library are also noted.

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

The Speeches, By Ranking: 

The Top 10 Speeches


Speeches 11-20


Speeches 21-30


Speeches 31-40


Speeches 41-50


Speeches 51-60


Speeches 61-70


Speeches 71-80


Speeches 81-90


Speeches 91-100


Top 10 Speeches

Rank:1 King, Martin Luther, Jr. "I Have a Dream." 28 August 1963. Washington, D.C. [Also known as The Address at the March on Washington]


Rank:2 Kennedy, John F. Inaugural Address. 20 January 1961. Washington, D.C.


Rank:3 Roosevelt, Franklin D. First Inaugural Address. 4 March 1933. Washington, D.C.


Rank:4 Roosevelt, Franklin D. The War Message. 8 December 1941. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"]


Rank:5 Jordan, Barbara. Keynote Speech to the Democratic National Convention. 12 July 1976. New York, New York.


Rank:6 Nixon, Richard M. "My Side of the Story." 23 September 1952. Los Angeles, California. [Also known as Checkers]


Rank:7 Malcolm X. "The Ballot or the Bullet." 3 April 1964. Cleveland, Ohio.


Rank:8 Reagan, Ronald. Address to the Nation on the Challenger Disaster. 28 January 1986. Washington, D.C.


Rank:9 Kennedy, John F. Speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. 12 September 1960. Houston, Texas.


Rank:10 Johnson, Lyndon D. Address to Congress on the Voting Rights Act. 15 March 1965. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "We Shall Overcome"]

Speeches 11-20

Rank:11 Cuomo, Mario. Keynote Speech to the Democratic National Convention. 17 July 1984. San Francisco, California. [Also known as A Tale of Two Cities address]


Rank:12 Jackson, Jesse. Speech at the Democratic National Convention. 17 July 1984. San Francisco, California. [Also known as "The Rainbow Coalition"]


Rank:13 Jordan, Barbara. Statement on the Articles of Impeachment. 25 July 1974. Washington, D.C. [Also known as the "Opening Statement to the House Judiciary Committee, Proceedings on the Impeachment of Richard Nixon."]


Rank:14 MacArthur, Douglas. Farewell Address to Congress. 19 April 1951. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "Old Soldiers Never Die"]


Rank:15 King, Martin Luther, Jr. "I've Been to the Mountaintop." 3 April 1968. Memphis, Tennessee. [NOTE: King's last public address prior to assassination.]


Rank:16 Roosevelt, Theodore. "The Man with the Muckrake." 14 April 1906. Washington, D.C.


Rank:17 Kennedy, Robert F. Statement on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. 4 April 1968. Indianapolis, Indiana.


Rank:18 Eisenhower, Dwight D. Farewell Address. 17 January 1961. Washington, D.C.


Rank:19 Wilson, Woodrow. The War Message. 2 April 1917. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "The World Must be Made Safe for Democracy"]


Rank:20 MacArthur, Douglas. Farewell Address at the U.S. Military Academy. 12 May 1962. West Point, New York. [Also known as "Duty, Honor, and Country"]


Speeches 21-30

Rank:21 Nixon, Richard M. Address to the Nation on the War in Vietnam. 3 November 1969. Washington, D.C. [Also known as The Great Silent Majority]


Rank:22 Kennedy, John F. "Ich bin ein Berliner." 26 June 1963. West Berlin, Germany.


Rank:23 Darrow, Clarence. Plea for Mercy at the Trial of Leopold and Loeb. 22-23,25 August 1924. Chicago, Illinois.


Rank:24 Conwell, Russell. "Acres of Diamonds." 1900-1925. Delivered at many locations in United States.


Rank:25 Reagan, Ronald. Televised Speech on Behalf of Barry Goldwater. 27 October 1964. Los Angeles, California. [Also known as "A Time of Choosing"]


Rank:26 Long, Huey Pierce. "Every Man a King." 23 February 1934. Washington, D.C.


Rank:27 Shaw, Anna Howard. "The Fundamental Principle of a Republic." 21 June 1915. Ogdensburg, New York.


Rank:28 Roosevelt, Franklin D. "The Arsenal of Democracy." 29 December 1940. Washington, D.C.


Rank:29 Reagan, Ronald. Speech to the National Association of Evangelicals. 8 March 1983. Orlando, Florida. [Also known as The Evil Empire]


Rank:30 Reagan, Ronald. First Inaugural Address. 20 January 1981. Washington, D.C.


Speeches 31-40

Rank:31 Roosevelt, Franklin D. The First Fireside Chat. 12 March 1933. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "The Banking Crisis"]


Rank:32 Truman, Harry S. Address to Congress on Greece and Turkey.12 March 1947. Washington, D.C. [Also known as The Truman Doctrine]


Rank:33 Faulkner, William. Speech Accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature. 10 December 1950. Stockholm, Sweden.


Rank:34 Debs, Eugene V. Statement to the Court. 14 September 1918. Cleveland, Ohio.


Rank:35 Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Address to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women. 5 September 1995. Beijing, China. [Also known as "Women's Rights are Human Rights"]


Rank:36 Eisenhower, Dwight D. "Atoms for Peace." 8 December 1953. New York, New York.


Rank:37 Kennedy, John F. American University Speech. 10 June 1963. Washington, D.C. [Also known as the Commencement Address at the American University]


Rank:38 Richards, Ann. Keynote Speech to the Democratic National Convention. 18 July 1988. Atlanta, Georgia.


Rank:39 Nixon, Richard M. Address to the Nation Resigning the Presidency. 8 August 1974. Washington, D.C.


Rank:40 Wilson, Woodrow. "The Fourteen Points." 8 January 1918. Washington, D.C.

Speeches 41-50

Rank:41 Smith, Margaret Chase. "Declaration of Conscience." 1 June 1950. Washington, D.C.


Rank:42 Roosevelt, Franklin D. "The Four Freedoms." 6 January 1941. Washington, D.C.


Rank:43 King, Martin Luther, Jr. Speech at Riverside Church. 4 April 1967. New York, New York. [Also known as "A Time to Break Silence"]


Rank:44 Terrell, Mary Church. "What it Means to be Colored in the Capital of the United States." 10 October 1906. Washington, D.C.


Rank:45 Bryan, William Jennings. Speech Accepting the Democratic Presidential Nomination. 8 August 1900. Indianapolis, Indiana. [Also known as "Against Imperialism"]


Rank:46 Sanger, Margaret. "A Moral Necessity for Birth Control." 1921-1922. Delivered several times for the American Birth Control League.


Rank:47 Bush, Barbara. Commencement Speech at Wellesley College. 1 June 1990. Wellesley, Massachusetts. [Also known as "Choices and Change"]

Rank:48 Kennedy, John F. Address to the Nation on Civil Rights. 11 June 1963. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "A Moral Issue"]


Rank:49 Kennedy, John F. Address to the Nation on the Cuban Missile Crisis. 22 October 1962. Washington, D.C.


Rank:50 Agnew, Spiro. "Television News Coverage." 13 November 1969. Des Moines, Iowa.

Speeches 51-60

Rank:51 Jackson, Jesse. Speech to the Democratic National Convention. 20 July 1988. Atlanta, Georgia. [Also known as "Common Ground and Common Sense"]


Rank:52 Fisher, Mary. Speech to the Republican National Convention. 19 August 1992. Houston, Texas. [Also known as "A Whisper of AIDS"]


Rank:53 Johnson, Lyndon B. "The Great Society." [Remarks at the University of Michigan] 22 May 1964. Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Rank:54 Marshall, George C. "The Marshall Plan." 5 June 1947. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Rank:55 Kennedy, Edward M. "Truth and Tolerance in America." 3 October 1983. Lynchburg, Virginia.


Rank:56 Stevenson, Adlai. Speech Accepting the Democratic Presidential Nomination. 26 July 1952. Chicago, Illinois. [Also known as "Let's Talk Sense to American People."]


Rank:57 Roosevelt, Eleanor. "The Struggle for Human Rights." 28 September 1948. Paris, France.


Rank:58 Ferraro, Geraldine. Speech Accepting the Democratic Vice-Presidential Nomination. 19 July 1984. San Francisco, California.


Rank:59 La Follette, Robert M. "Free Speech in Wartime." 6 October 1917. Washington, D.C.


Rank:60 Reagan, Ronald. Address at the U.S. Ranger Monument on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day. 6 June 1984. Point du Hoc, Normandy, France.


Speeches 61-70

Rank:61 Cuomo, Mario. "Religious Belief and Public Morality." 13 September 1984. Notre Dame, Indiana.


Rank:62 Kennedy, Edward M. Televised Statement. 25 July 1969. Boston, Massachusetts. [Also known as "Chappaquiddick"]


Rank:63 Lewis, John L. "Labor and the Nation." 3 September 1937. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "The Rights of Labor."]


Rank:64 Goldwater, Barry. Speech Accepting the Republican Presidential Nomination. 16 July 1964. San Francisco, California. [Also known as "Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice."]


Rank:65 Carmichael, Stokely. "Black Power." October 1966. Berkeley, California.


Rank:66 Humphrey, Hubert H. Speech at the Democratic National Convention. 14 July 1948. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [Also known as "The Sunshine of Human Rights."]


Rank:67 Goldman, Emma. Address to the Jury. 9 July 1917. New York, New York.


Rank:68 Catt, Carrie Chapman. "The Crisis." 7 September 1916. Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Rank:69 Minow, Newton W. "Television and the Public Interest." 9 May 1961. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "A Vast Wasteland."]


Rank:70 Kennedy, Edward M. Eulogy to Robert Kennedy. 8 June 1968. New York, New York.


Speeches 71-80

Rank:71 Hill, Anita. Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. 11 October 1991. Washington, D.C.


Rank:72 Wilson, Woodrow. Final Address in Support of the League of Nations. 25 September 1919. Pueblo, Colorado. (Known as "The Pueblo Speech")


Rank:73 Gehrig, Lou. Farewell to Baseball. 4 July 1939. New York, New York.


Rank:74 Nixon, Richard M. Address to the Nation on the Cambodian Incursion. 30 April 1970. Washington, D.C.


Rank:75 Catt, Carrie Chapman. "Address to the United States Congress." November 1917. Washington, D.C.


Rank:76 Kennedy, Edward M. Speech at the Democratic National Convention. 11 August 1980. New York, New York. [Also known as "The Dream Shall Never Die."]


Rank:77 Johnson, Lyndon B. Address to the Nation on Vietnam and the Decision Not to Seek Re-Election. 31 March 1968. Washington, D.C.


Rank:78 Roosevelt, Franklin D. Speech to the Commonwealth Club. 23 September 1932. San Francisco, California.


Rank:79 Wilson, Woodrow. First Inaugural Address. 4 March 1913. Washington, D.C.


Rank:80 Savio, Mario. "An End to History." 2 December 1964. Berkeley,California.


Speeches 81-90

Rank:81 Glaser, Elizabeth. Speech at the Democratic National Convention. 14 July 1992. New York, New York. [Also known as "AIDS: A Personal Story."]


Rank:82 Debs, Eugene V. "The Issue." 23 May 1908. Girard, Kansas.


Rank:83 Sanger, Margaret. The Children's Era. March 1925. New York, New York.


Rank:84 Le Guin, Ursula. "A Left-Handed Commencement Address." 22 May 1983. Oakland, California.


Rank:85 Eastman, Crystal. "Now We Can Begin." September-October 1920. New York, New York.


Rank:86 Long, Huey Pierce. Radio Broadcast of March 7, 1935. 7 March 1935. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "Share Our Wealth."]


Rank:87 Ford, Gerald. Address on Taking the Oath of Office. 9 August 1974. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "Our Long National Nightmare is Over."]


Rank:88 Chavez, Cesar. Speech on Ending His Fast. 10 March 1968. Delano, California.


Rank:89 Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley. Statement at the Smith Act Trial. 2 February 1953. New York, New York.


Rank:90 Carter, Jimmy. Address to the Nation on Energy and National Goals. 15 July 1979. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "A Crisis of Confidence" or "The Malaise Speech"]


Speeches 91-100

Rank:91 Malcolm X. "Message to the Grassroots." 10 November 1963. Detroit, Michigan.


Rank:92 Clinton, Bill. Speech at the Prayer Service for Victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing. 23 April 1995. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Rank:93 Chisholm, Shirley. "For the Equal Rights Amendment." 10 August 1970. Washington, D.C.


Rank:94 Reagan, Ronald. Address at the Brandenburg Gate. 12 June 1987. West Berlin, Germany.


Rank:95 Wiesel, Elie. "The Perils of Indifference." 12 April 1999. Washington, D.C.


Rank:96 Ford, Gerald. Address to the Nation Pardoning Richard M. Nixon. 8 September 1974. Washington, D.C.


Rank:97 Wilson, Woodrow. "For the League of Nations." 7 September 1919. Des Moines, Iowa.


Rank:98 Johnson, Lyndon B. Address to Congress after Assuming the Presidency. 27 November 1963. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "Let us Continue"]


Rank:99 Welch, Joseph. Defense of Fred Fisher at the Army-McCarthy Hearings. 9 June 1954. Washington, D.C. [Also known as "Have You No Sense of Decency?"]


Rank:100 Roosevelt, Eleanor. "Adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights." 9 December 1948. Paris, France.