From an old college chum of mine. Can you help?

I’m hoping you and/or friends from PD may be able to help me. My colleagues and I are in the process of putting together a new revision of a book we published several years ago, called Foundations of Freedom. The book is a collection of great speeches, historical documents and other writings that are the essence of America and a tribute to this great nation. We are simply looking for suggestions of other documents or speeches to include in this next revision, so that it may fit the page count required by a few major retailers who wish to carry the book. Would you be willing to ask your readers and contributors on PD to post suggestions as to a speech that inspired them or a historical document they love? Perhaps something they would sit with their family at home one evening and teach their children about. Thanks in advance!


  • Rochelle,4945,161-1-11-1,FF.html
    “The Family, A Proclamation to the World”

  • Whodat

    Sermon on the Mount – Jesus of Nazereth

    “Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall!” RR

    RR Speech at 1964 Repub Convention

    Goldwater Speech at 1964 Repub conv

    RR innaugeration “Morning in America”

    Churchill’s call to arms WWII (“Never have so many owed so much to so few…”

    Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” (“It is by far better to dare mighty things, even though checkered by failure, than to live in that twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”)

    Mark Antony’s eulogy for Julius Caesar (“Friends, Romans, countrymen, you’ve all got big ears…”)

  • teabag1

    Otter’s defense of DELTA House – classic:

  • Mrs Rusty Shackleford

    The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence. I find it one of the most moving beginings. And then the end of “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

    May seem hokey to some, but WOW! We get that mentalility back to our nation and the problems are solved. The mentalility of honor and sincerity.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Ditto Cordero on the Gettysburg Address

    and don’t forget “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters” by Barack Hussein Obama.

    I’d also be interested in reading his birth certificate.

  • Rochelle
    Address of Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

    My favorite line is “The point I wish plainly to bring before you on this occasion is the individuality of each human soul; our Protestant idea, the right of individual conscience and judgment—our republican idea, individual citizenship.”

    Read more: Address of Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

  • Cordeiro

    Washington’s Second Inaugural

    Two from Abraham Lincoln:
    *27 Jan 1838 Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois
    *The Gettysburg Address

    FDR – Address to the Nation, 8 December 1941

    Eisenhower – Order of the Day, 6 June 1944

    JFK Inaugural

    Ronaldus Magnus – Remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 1984

    And I’ll second Kaiser’s nomination of W’s address to the nation after 9/11. Never let it be said I don’t agree with Kaiser when he’s right.

  • Brian H

    Document: Thomas Paine’s “The American Crisis”

    Speech: Ronald Reagan’s ” A Time for Choosing”

    • kristen

      I absolutely second “A Time for Choosing”.

      (And to think, no teleprompter…..)

  • David Kaiser, Editor

    “I Have a Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King, but my guess is that it was in the first edition.

    George W. Bush addressing Congress in the aftermath of 9/11.

    The Supreme Court decision on Bush v. Gore.