Infamous Speeches From Robespierre to Osama bin Laden

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  • Copyright: 2011-01-11
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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This anthology offers a historical survey of speeches that invoke racism, genocide, anti-Semitism, terrorism, and other hateful, extremist views. It includes Jefferson Davis' announcement of Southern secession, Hitler's proclamation of Germany's right to world domination, and Osama bin Laden's warning of another 9/11. Brief introductions place the speeches in historical context.

Author Biography

Bob Blaisdell is professor of English at the City University of New York's Kingsborough Community College and the editor of twenty-two Dover literature and poetry collections.

Table of Contents

"The Principles of Political Morality" (February 5, 1794)p. 1
Address to his Troops at the Beginning of the Russian Campaign (May 1812)p. 18
"Indian Removal" (December 7, 1835)p. 19
"We of the South will not, cannot, surrender our institutions" (February 6, 1837)p. 22
"On Withdrawal from the Union" (January 21, 1861)p. 28
Opening Address at the Geographical Conference on Africa (September 12, 1876)p. 33
"A Plea for Imperial Armament" (February 6, 1888)p. 35
"The Future of British Empire" (November 6, 1895)p. 47
"If this be imperialism, its final end will be the Empire of the Son of Man" (January 9, 1900)p. 51
"The sword must decide" (August 6, 1914)p. 63
On the Dissolution of the Constituent Assembly (January 6, 1918)p. 64
The Scopes "Monkey Trial" (July 16, 1925)p. 68
"Our Hitler" (April 20, 1933)p. 74
"We have been patient with Ethiopia for forty years" (October 2, 1935)p. 79
"Defects in Party Work and Measures for Liquidating Trotskyite and Other Double Dealers" (March 3, 1937)p. 81
"The Munich Agreement" (October 3, 1938)p. 101
"The Meaning of the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact" (August 31, 1939)p. 106
"America First" (September 11, 1941)p. 116
"Nothing is Impossible for the German Soldier" (May 4, 1941)p. 122
Radio Speech #6 from Fascist Italy (January 29, 1942)p. 134
"Enemies from Within" (February 9, 1950)p. 139
"A Great Leap Forward" (May 17, 1958)p. 147
The Governor of Alabama's Inaugural Address (January 14, 1963)p. 153
"Rivers of Blood" (April 20, 1968)p. 163
First Watergate speech (April 30, 1973)p. 170
United Nations Speech on Zionism as Racism (October 1, 1975)p. 176
Call for Mass Suicide (November 18, 1918)p. 187
"Crossing the Rubicon" (August 15, 1985)p. 193
Address to the Martial Units-Tiananmen Square (June 9, 1989)p. 205
Arab Cooperation Council Speech (February 24, 1990)p. 209
Address to the Nation on the NATO Bombings (October 2, 2000)p. 214
"O American people, I address these words to you regarding the best way of avoiding another Manhattan" (October 29, 2004)p. 220
"We are Rising Up Against the Empire" (September 20, 2006)p. 225
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