Progress Towards Freedom

April 20, 2020

Title: Progress Towards Freedom Date: February 12, 1923 Location: Tuskegee, AL Context: At the dedication of a government hospital for colored veterans of World War I This day and this occasion naturally invite our thought to our government. It is a time when we may well consider some of the aims and purposes of those […]

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Faneuil Hall

April 24, 2014

Title: Faneuil Hall Date: November 4, 1918 Location: Boston, Massachusetts (Original document available here) We need a word of caution and of warning. I am responsible for what I have said and what I have done. I am not responsible for what my opponents say I have said or say I have done either on the […]

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Essex County Club

April 24, 2014

Title: Essex County Club Date: September 14, 1918 Location: Essex County Club, Lynnfield, Massachussetts  Context: This speech was delivered about a month before the ceasefire and the armistice declaration that ended the First World War.  (Original document available here) We meet here to-day as the inheritors of those principles which preserved our Nation and extended its constitutional guaranties […]

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Somerville Republican City Committee

April 24, 2014

Title: Somerville Republican City Committee Date: August 7, 1918 Location: Somerville, Massachusetts Context: Massachusetts Governor Coolidge gives strong support for the equal rights of African Americans and for the American effort in fighting World War I. (Original document available here) Coming into your presence in ordinary times, gentlemen of the committee, I should be inclined to direct your attention […]

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A Free Republic

April 24, 2014

Title: A Free Republic Date: September 25, 1924 Location: Philadelphia, PA Context: Address on the 150th Anniversary of the First Continental Congress No American coming to Philadelphia on this anniversary could escape being thrilled at the thought of what this commemoration means. It brings to mind events which in the course of the century and a half that has […]

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