Speaking Revolution

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Courtroom Speeches:

A Rhetorical Analysis of James Otis's "Against Writs of Assistance"
Primary Text: "Against Writs of Assistance," delivered before the Superior Court on February 24, 1761 in the council chamber of the Old State House in Boston. First printed in the Massachusetts Spy, April 29, 1773.
 
The King vs Preston On an Indictment for Murder, Witnesses for the King, 24-25 October 1770, Anonymous Summary of Crown Evidence in the "Boston Massacre" Trial. Taken from the Legal Papers of John Adams.

 

Boston Massacre Orations (see for related resources)

Delivered at Boston, 2 April 1771 by James Lovell, A.M. Z
Delivered at Boston, 5 March 1772 by Dr. Joseph Warren
 
Delivered at Boston, 5 March 1773 by Dr. Benjamin Church Z
 
Delivered at Boston on 5 March 1774 by John Hancock Note: The host site, The Boston Massacre Files, is as an excellent resource for investigating the Boston Massacre. For other online versions, see Hancock's oration at The Douglass Archives,

Delivered at Boston, 5 March 1775 by Dr. Joseph Warren Z

Delivered at Watertown, 5 March 1776 by Peter Thacher, M.A.

ORATION DELIVERED AT BOSTON MARCH 5, 1777 BY BENJAMIN HICHBORN, ESQ.

ORATION DELIVERED AT BOSTON, MARCH 5, 1778 BY JONATHAN W. AUSTIN, ESQ.

ORATION DELIVERED AT BOSTON, MARCH 5, 1779. BY WILLIAM TUDOR, ESQ.

 


 

Delivered at the King's Chapel in Boston, April 8, 1776, on the re-interment of the remains of the late Most Worshipful Grandmaster Joseph Warren, Esquire, President of the late Congress of this Colony, and Major General of the Massachusetts forces, who was slain in the battle of Bunker's-hill, June 17, 1775. Z

Sermons (almost all excerpted):

Gospel Plow Presents Great American Sermons

"Oration on the Beauties of Liberty," John Allen; Boston, Dec. 3, 1772. Also available at http://personal.pitnet.net/primarysources/johnallen.html via the Oregon State University History Department's Links to Related History Sites on the World Wide Web.

"Defensive War in a just Cause SINLESS," D. Jones; Philadelphia, 1775

"On the Right to Rebel Against Governors," Samuel West; Boston, May 29, 1776 (full text)

"Government Corrupted by Vice, and Recovered by Righteousness,"
Samuel Langdon; Watertown, Mass., May 31, 1775

"The Church's Flight into the Wilderness, an Address on the Times," Samuel Sherwood; January 17, 1776

"Defensive Arms Vindicated," A Moderate Whig (Stephen Case?), 1779

"Divine Judgements Upon Tyrants: And Compassion to the Oppressed," Jacob Cushing; Lexington, 1778

An Election Sermon by Simeon Howard, A.M., Sermon preached to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, in Boston, June 7, 1773


Sermon 1 and Excerpt from Sermon 2, 1774 by Nathaniel Niles. I. CORRINTH. Chap. VII. Ver. 21. Art thou called being a servant? Care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.


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I. CORRINTH. Chap. VII. Ver. 21.

Art thou called being a servant? Care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather

 

Conversation

Taverns
(In England, coffeehouses served a similar function. See Modern History Sourcebook: The First English Coffee-Houses, c. 1670-1675.)

General Resources

George Washington's Innaugural Address, an exhibit at the National Archives and Records Administration

Addresses, Messages, and Replies, by Thomas Jefferson, at the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library

Speakers and Speeches in Early American Communities

Speech Archive of the Program in Presidential Rhetoric at Texas A&M

 


 

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