Public speeches have long been a part of Independence Day festivities, especially in the 19th and early 20th centuries. To explore this grand history using our library catalog, use the following strategy:
Use the Advanced Search option.
On the dropdown menus in the first search field, select "Subject" and "is (exact)"
Then, type this subject term into the text field: Fourth of July Orations
You will retrieve a list of speeches recorded for posterity from past American luminaries, including Daniel Webster, Frederick Douglass, Woodrow Wilson, and George Washington Adams (son of John Quincy Adams). There are also some surprises, such as "An oration, delivered by permission, on board the Nassau Prison-ship" by an anonymous American seaman prisoner in 1814.
To view this search in action, click below:
Wishing you and yours a happy and safe July 4th!