here to President Theodore Roosevelt explain why the Big Bosses resist the Progressive Era
Presidential Gallery as well as their Speech Archive. For examples of using this resource with your students, look at their Presidential Classroom. I found this interaction between President John F. Kennedy and head of NASA James Webb discussing the possibility of a lunar landing fascinating.
- (4) Internet Archive
American Rhetoric is a great resource to find famous speeches in history. Check out their Top 100 Speeches to find audio and transcripts of famous speeches in history.
- (6) Audacity
Just like it can be important to use short excerpts from written primary documents, it is also important to use short sections of audio instead of having students listen to an entire 20-40 minute speech. Audacity is a great free audio editing tool thank makes it easy to trim selected audio sections you want students to listen to into manageable 1-2 minute excepts.
- (7) Librivox
Most of the resources I listed above are audio recordings of speeches. Librovox is more designed as a free Audio Book Tool for books in Public Domain, but there are some great audio clips that can be used in your classroom. Their Catalog has a growing list of books that get constantly updated and can be searched by author, title, genre, & language. Their US Historical Documents Section has audio readings of the Articles of Confederation, US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Gettysburg Address. For students who need to listen to the text as they read along, this can be a useful tool to help struggling readers engage with the text of these famous documents.
- (8) Lit2Go:
Quick Links to some of my favorite audio resources:
- Fredric Douglass (Which includes his Autobiography My Bondage And My Freedom, Excerpt from Fredrick Douglass Speech To the People of Rochester, New York on the Hypocrisy of Slavery, July 4, 1852, & Oration In Memory of Abraham Lincoln, Washington, D.C., April 14, 1876.
- Presidential Addressees and Messages (Which Include addresses from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, & Abraham Lincoln)
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Common Sense by Thomas Paine
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Uncle Tom's Cabin (Told to the Children) by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Civil Rights and Conflict in the United States: Selected Speeches (Which include- Ain't I A Woman by Sojourner Truth, Speech on Lynch Law in America by Ida B. Wells, Is It A Crime For A Citizen of the United States to Vote by Susan B. Anthony, and many others)
- A Lincoln Anthology
These are some of my favorite audio resources to use with students to connect to the spoken word. Do you have any that should also be included? I would love to hear about them in the comments section below.