RHET 295: Rhetoric and Politics

rhetoric and politics

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  • American Rhetoric Over 5,000 full text, audio and video versions of speeches, sermons, lectures, and other recorded media events.
  • Great Speeches Collection Major historical speeches hosted by the History Place.
  • Primary Texts Selected historical speeches on specific topics such as women's rights, civil rights before 1950, etc.
  • Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World Speeches by inspirational, influential and contemporary, women from around the world, including female Nobel Laureates.
  • Vital Speeches of the Day Full-text speeches from 1934 to present by leaders in politics, business, education, government, and more. Click "Search within this publication." Add a speaker's name (last name, first name) or speech topic to the search.
  • YouTube Search by speaker and speeches.
  • Presidential Rhetoric Transcripts of current and historic presidential speeches, dating back to George Washington. Includes inaugural and state of the union addresses, as well as some important speeches.
  • Presidential Speech Archive Transcripts of some of the most important presidential speeches in history. Includes transcripts for all speeches, and some are available in audio and video.
  • Videos of selected inaugural addresses for Presidents Eisenhower through George W. Bush.
  • American Presidential Project Contains inaugural addressesState of the Union addresses, statements, interviews, etc. Click on Documents from the home page. Also check out the Audio/Video Archive for coverage of selected presidents.
  • The History of Televised Presidential Debates Includes videos, photos, and documents from televised debates from 1960 to 2008.
  • Presidents of the United States (POTUS) Includes background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the president. Links to biographies, historical documents (such as speech transcripts), audio and video files.
  • American Memory Library of Congress site containing over 500 historical speeches. Browse the topic Presidents.


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

These databases index popular magazines, research journals and newspapers. They contain abstracts and citations, as well as some full-text articles.  

  • ProQuest  Includes many full-text articles from magazines, journals, as well as newspapers. A great place to get started.
  • Academic Search Complete  Good for those looking for journal articles in nearly academic subject area.
  • Communication Source  Includes abstracts and full-text articles in communication and mass media. 
  • Political Science Complete  Includes abstracts and full-text articles on political science topics.
  • America: History and Life  Contains citations and abstracts on U.S. and Canadian history.
  • Google Scholar   Search engine for scholarly articles across many disciplines. Includes previews of selected books in Google Books.







Search Ignacio from the library's home page for books and videos here at USF.

Keywords: Try combining different words and phrases (for example: presidential rhetoric)

Subject: Search speeches to browse speeches and addresses in the library's collection. Also see Rhetoric Political Aspects or Political Oratory

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