HIST153 Great American Speeches of the 20th Century
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
Course Number and TitleHIST153 Great American Speeches of the 20th Century (Experimental)
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionStudents will read, hear and/or watch fifteen notable political speeches of the 20th century and analyze them from historical, political, and rhetorical perspectives. After formulating their own analysis of a speech, students will research its immediate and long-term effects in American history.
Required Course Content and Direction
Learning Goals:Students will be able to
- describe the background and historical setting of the selected speeches.
- analyze the speeches from the perspective of issues raised, style, tone, and rhetorical devices used.
- evaluate the political effectiveness of the speechs from a personal perspective.
- evaluate the effectiveness of the speeches from the perspective of critical reviews researched.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Franklin Roosevelt asks Congress to Recognize a State of War with Japan
- William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech 1950
- John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address 1961
- John F. Kennedy’s American University Address 1963
- John F. Kennedy’s Speech at the Berlin Wall 1963
- Martin Luther King’s Speech at the March on Washington 1963
- Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” 1964 (Why I Am a Conservative)
- Senator Barry Goldwater’s “Extremism in Defense of Liberty…” Speech 1964
- Fanny Lou Hamer's Vooting Rights Speech DNC 1964
- Ozzie Davis “Our Shining Black Prince” Eulogy of Malcolm X 1965
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” Speech
- Robert F. Kennedy’s Announcement of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination
- Mario Cuomo Keynote Address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention
- Jesse Jackson Address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention
- Ronald Reagan on the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion 1984
- Ronald Reagan “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
- George W. Bush Address to Congress and the Nation, September 20, 2001 (Following the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center)
- Barak Obama Democratic National Convention Keynote Address 2004
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:The assessment of course learning goals will be based on written exams, quizzes, presentations, and performance-based tasks and projects.
This course is not included in the Core Curriculum; however, higher order thinking skills will be fully integrated throughout the assessment methods listed above.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:A variety of on-line sources will be included in the course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedThis multi-media, student-centered course will make extensive use of class discussions and student performance-based projects. Each speech will be examined in the following pattern: A lecture/guided reading of the setting/historic background of the speech; the viewing/listening of the address; analysis of the content, tone, style, and political effectiveness; brief personal reaction papers or other performance based responses.
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