Calvin Coolidge Says, July 3, 1930

January 4, 2021

Date: July 3, 1930 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) For 154 years July 4 has been called Independence Day. Since 1776 we have been politically an independent nation. But we do not need to emphasize our independence any more than we need to emphasize our selfishness. We are in no danger of failing to […]

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Dedicating a Memorial to Colonel William Colvill

April 13, 2020

Title: Dedicating a Memorial to Colonel William Colvill Date: July 29, 1928 Location: Cannon Falls, MN Context: This speech was delivered at a memorial dedication to an American Civil War hero, Colonel William Colvill, who had adopted Cannon Falls, Minnesota as his hometown in the 1850s. Colvill went on to lead the 1st Minnesota Volunteer […]

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Andrew Carnegie: Organizer for Service

April 24, 2014

Title: Andrew Carnegie: Organizer for Service, Address at the Founders’ Day Celebration of Carnegie Institute Date: April 28, 1921 Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Original document available here) There is a greatness that is distinctly American, a true greatness which enlarges man’s dominion. It is an achievement which comes from obedience to that admonition given on creation morn to subdue […]

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