Three Significant Speeches In American History

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Three Significant Speeches in American History Everyone can make a difference. But leaders of this country make the most important ones. All three speeches can be compared and contrasted by the author’s purpose, the setting of the speech, the length of it, and the tone the speakers take during their time speaking. Abraham Lincoln wrote “The Gettysburg Address” in dedication of the 50,000 soldiers that died in the Civil War. Lincoln states that, “We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.” “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. was written for one purpose and that purpose was to tell that black people can and should be equal. “This note was…show more content…
Beforehand a speaker named Edward Everett spoke for two hours about Gettysburg, and then Lincoln came in and hammered the nail in the coffin, with a brief and precise speech (“The Gettysburg Address”). On the other hand, Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech was extremely long and descriptive. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just talk, he preached “ I Have a Dream”, like he would to the congregation at his church. In a formal and presidential way John F. Kennedy spoke for about forty minutes on in. His speech is a regular mid-length speech(“Sylvia Faulkner”). A sorrowful tone Lincoln takes as he mourns the 50,000 dead soldiers at Gettysburg. He talks about their willingness to fight for what they believe in. So that our nation might live free. martin Luther King Jr. takes a fervent tone and is very descriptive in his words. He knows what he believes in and is passionate about that belief. He gave such a good speech because that was what he truly believed. Kennedy was very official in his speech. he rehearsed his speech, to do it a certain way to get it just right. His words had virtue has he spoke them to the many

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