Harvard University Commencement

April 24, 2014

Title: Harvard University Commencement Date: June 19, 1919 Location: Cambridge, MA Context: Coolidge gives a commencement address at Harvard University reminding them of the purpose of their establishment “to be a defender of righteous convictions, of reverence for truth and for the heralds of truth” (Original document available here) No college man who has ever glanced […]

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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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The Inspiration of the Declaration of Independence

April 23, 2014

Title: The Inspiration of the Declaration of Independence Date: July 5, 1926 Location: Philadelphia, PA  Context: A speech celebrating the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and  key American values We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know […]

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Address at William & Mary College

April 23, 2014

Title: States’ Rights and National Unity Date: May 15, 1926 Location: William & Mary College, Williamsburg, VA Context: A speech on the importance of maintaining unity and defending nationality, and continuing in our progress (Original document available here) Fellow Americans: No one who is interested in the early beginnings of America, or who is moved by love of our […]

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The Principles Fought for in the American Revolution — A Prize Essay

April 21, 2014

Title: The Principles Fought for in the American Revolution — A Prize Essay Date: December 1894 Location: Amherst, MA Context: An essay written by J. Calvin Coolidge while at Amherst College When history looks beyond the immediate cause of the American Revolution for the justifying principles, it is very soon brought back to the spirit […]

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