HIST153 Great American Speeches of the 20th Century
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
- I. Course Number and Title
- HIST153 Great American Speeches of the 20th Century (Experimental)
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
- 2250 minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Students 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.
- VII. 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.
- VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
- This 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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