The most significant American political speeches of the 20th century

Published: Monday, July 1 2013 3:51 a.m. MDT


From wars to civil rights, this list looks back at the most significant American political speeches of the 20th century, many of them coming at the times of greatest trial.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and Kennedy is no stranger to this list, placing six speeches in the top 50 and two in the top 10.

In the spirit of remembering this solemn anniversary, this list highlights some of Kennedy's most impactful speeches.

The list was originally compiled by American Rhetoric.

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I heard Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech live. Its amazing how polarizing it was at the time. Today it stands up there with the Gettysburg address. It was an amazing time to live through and be a part of.

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