An Archive of Speeches from the 1850's
Arranged Chronologically

E Pluribus Unum



1770s America
(Fall 2002)


1920s America
(Fall 2001)


Teacher Resources
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NOTE: This archive is still in progress. Some of these links do not yet have the correct addresses and many other links are still to be added. Thank you for your patience.

*John C. Calhoun, Speech to the United States Senate Against the Compromise of 1850, March 1850.

*Daniel Webster, Notes for speech to the United States Senate favoring the Compromise of 1850, March 1850

*Abraham Lincoln,Notes for a lecture on law, July 1850

ouglass, Stephen Arnold. Speech on the "Measure of Adjustment," Delivered in the City Hall, Chicago, October 13, 1850. (Subject: Fugitive Slave Law of 1850)

Ernestine L. Rose, "An Address on Woman's Rights," 1851

Sojourner Truth, "Ain't I a Woman?" Speech, 1851 also available at: Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman

Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July 5," July 1852

*Frederick Douglass, Convention Speech, 1852

Brigham Young, Adam-God Sermon, 1852

William Greenleaf Eliot, Lectures to Young Women, 1854

Horace Mann, Dedication of Antioch College, 1854

Abraham Lincoln, "A House Divided" Speech,
For additional information on this subject, see: PBS Resource Bank: Lincoln's House Divided speech.

William Greenleaf Eliot, Lectures to Young Men, 1858

Caroline Wells Healey Dall, "Woman's Right to Labor," or, Low Wages and Hard Work, 1859


See also:

E Pluribus Unum's Collection of Speeches and Writings Prompted by John Brown's Actions, Prosecution, and Death

The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, a collection that includes correspondence arranging lectures and Lincoln's handwritten drafts of a number of speeches.

Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Department's First 100 Years collection at the Library of Congress can be searched by keyword, name and subject. You can also view a chronological listing.

Thoreau's Lecturing Activities, a page offering transcriptions of lectures and commentaries on the circumstances in which they were delivered. It is part of the Life and Writings of Henry David Thoreau site developed by The Thoreau Institute.

The History Place Great Speeches Collection provides access to a number of twentieth century speeches as well as a few samples from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Historic Documents on the Internet from Ethnic Sudies USC includes links to a number of nineteenth and twentieth century documents and speeches on race and ethnicity. In the case of recent speeches, it sometimes includes sound bites.

Speeches from other decades of the nineteenth century:

Sarah Grimke, Letter in Response to the Pastoral Letter, 1837

Angelina Grimke, Address at Pennsylvania Hall, 1838

Frederick Douglass, "We Have Decided to Stay," 1848.

Lucretia Mott The Law of Progress Speech delivered at the Fourth Annual Meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society, 1848

Frederick Douglass on John Brown at the American Memory Site

The Gettysburg Address See also the Exhibit on the Gettysburg Address at the Library of Congress.

Fourth of July Orations, New York State Library

Booker T. Washington, Atlanta Exposition Address

Significant American Speeches from Other Centuries:

Patrick Henry, The War Inevitable, 1775

Patrick Henry's Call to Arms

Patrick Henry, Against the Federal Constitution, 1788

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789

George Washington, Second Inaugural Address

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States George Washington to Bill Clinton (searchable)

Historical-Critical Research in Communication and American Rhetorical Movements to 1900 and since 1900