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WR151: Oratory in America (Shawn)



Angela Davis (The HistoryMakers A2003.124), interview by Julieanna Richardson, 06/07/2003, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive. Session 1, tape 7, story 7, Angela Davis details the triumphs and failures of the Black Panther movement. 

What can I find on this topic?

Great American Women's speeches
Music Library   Phonodisc   HQ1423 .G7 1973  

...and  Peer-reviewed articles



The BULS search oratory OR speeches retrieves 7,045 books (as of Feb 2019); 923 have been published in the last 5 years. 335 are biographies.

Using the bibliographies of recently published books can help you identify recent scholarship and primary source documents.

Try searching this topic by subject terms:

Try searching this topic by the names of orators as well, combining names with the any of the words oratory ...speeches ...rhetoric

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