Monday, March 26, 2007

Alas, "Making History" didn't crack the top 100

Via MM, comes this great resource for political geeks everywhere.

The American Rhetoric Speech Bank has thousands of historical speeches which you can listen to, download, or read. I browsed through some of the top 100 over the weekend and they certainly have all the classics. And, hey, if Kennedy and King aren't for you, you can find everyone from John Kerry to Pat Buchanan on the general database (perfect for downloading to your Ipod for the gym!).

They also link to this site under Prime Minister of Canada speeches [recent]. Oh, and under Prime Ministers of Canada speeches [previous], they link to this site, which contains this announcement:

The content of Canada’s Digital Collections (CDC) is no longer available on this website.

I know in the eyes of some, Canadian history only began January 23rd, 2006, but it would still be nice to listen to some of the great Canadian speeches from years gone by. Think of Pierre Trudeau's address at the 38 BH Liberal leadership convention or his "mon nom" speech during the 26 BH referendum. And who can forget the memorable Turner-Mulroney debate during the 22 BH election? Or some of the rousing speeches John Diefenbaker gave during the 49 BH election. It certainly would be nice if these great moments in our history were available on the Internet for future generations to listen to, n'est-ce-pas?

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9 Comments:

  • It would be even nicer if funding programs to digitize content would make stipulations providing that the content would remain available to the public beyond the end of the funding program.

    By Blogger WJM, at 4:14 PM  

  • Hilarious Dan! FYI - I think the famous (or infamous) Turner-Mulroney debate you refer to occured in 22 BH, not 12 BH (assuming that public schooling taught me math properly - I have to wonder some days).

    Cheers.

    By Blogger Zach, at 4:55 PM  

  • we had speech before Harper?

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 5:45 PM  

  • Before there was e-mail and the internet, people used to file their podcasts with CBC and the National Film Board.

    Cuts to funding for both organizations forced them to use this valuable information as a fuel source to heat their buildings, so not a lot of material is left.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 5:45 PM  

  • Wouldn't it depend which Mulroney-Turner debate? One of them was 22 BH, the other was 18 BH.

    By Blogger Martimac, at 5:47 PM  

  • Here! Here!

    By Blogger JJ, at 8:22 PM  

  • Does someone own CanadianRhetoric.ca?

    I just looked it up - nope. It's open for someone to register it.

    Seems like Michael E. Eidenmuller has done a pretty good job without needing a Heritage USA department to run his site.

    By Blogger Don, at 10:06 AM  

  • And you might want to check out this site:
    http://www.collectionscanada.ca/primeministers/h4-4000-e.html

    By Blogger Don, at 10:35 AM  

  • Even if you can't listen to them, you can read them.

    http://www.amazon.ca/Great-Canadian-Speeches-Macdonald-Adrienne/dp/1550419145/ref=sr_1_2/701-4933047-5053906?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1175009946&sr=8-2.

    I really enjoyed this collection.

    By Blogger andrew, at 11:40 AM  

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