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Ripples of hope : great American civil rights speeches
Gottheimer, Josh.
Publication Information:
New York : Basic Civitas Books, [2003]

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xli, 502 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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Ripples of Hope brings together the most influential and important civil rights speeches from the entire range of American history-from the colonial period to the present. Gathered from the great speeches of the civil rights movement of African Americans, Asian Americans, gays, Hispanic Americans, and women, Ripples of Hope includes voices as diverse as Sister Souljah, Spark Matsui, and Harvey Milk, which, taken as a whole, constitute a unique chronicle of the modern civil rights movement.Featuring a foreword by President Bill Clinton and an afterword by Mary Frances Berry, this collection represents not just a historical first but also an indispensable resource for readers searching for an alternative history of American rhetoric. Edited and with an introduction by former Clinton speechwriter Josh Gottheimer, the stirring speeches that make up this volume provide an important perspective on our nation's development, and will inform the future debate on civil rights.

Author Notes

Josh Gottheimer was a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and a senior advisor to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, he currently lives in Washington, DC

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Booklist Review

Gottheimer, onetime speechwriter for former president Clinton (who wrote the foreword), offers an incredible collection of inspiring speeches on the social movements that have changed America. Gottheimer examines speeches as tools of persuasion and relates the history behind the speakers and their movements and their fervor and passion, which caused them to put their careers and sometimes their lives at risk. Organized chronologically, beginning with an antislavery speech by an unknown freedman in 1789, the book focuses on five distinct social movements--African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, gay, and women's--from the colonial period to the present. The collection includes speeches by Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk, Jesse Jackson, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as lesser-known speakers. Gottheimer precedes each speech with historical context, emphasizing that many speakers drew on the experiences of African Americans, from uneducated freed slaves who relied on oral traditions to the more polished speeches of the civil rights era. For readers interested in speech as a protest tool. --Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite its uplifting title, this wide-ranging anthology admirably includes both the most famous civil rights speeches of American history and lesser known, often angrier voices. Organizing the speeches chronologically, editor Gottheimer, who was one of President Clinton's speechwriters, delves as far back as 1789, when "a free Negro," name unknown, eloquently lamented the fact that "there are men who will not be persuaded that it is possible for a human soul to be lodged within a sable body." The second chapter, "Measured Gains: Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward," covers the period from 1866 to 1949, and encompasses voices as diverse as Marcus Garvey, Eleanor Roosevelt and Alonso Perales ("Defending Mexican Americans"). Although Gottheimer has limited the collection to speeches about African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, gays and lesbians and women, the astounding variety of rhetorical and political strategies enlisted by the speakers are not only instructive but make for engaging reading. In speeches from the civil rights era, for example, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" appears with Howard "Judge" Smith's "Sex Discrimination in the Civil Rights Act," Malcolm X's "The Ballot or the Bullet," and Stokely Carmichael's "Black Power." As Gottheimer acknowledges, the pickings among present-day civil rights speeches are slim and acidic (ACT UP pioneer Larry Kramer rails against his own audience in 1987, for example), but the selection is never less than judicious, revealing and notably authoritative. 8 pages of photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Gottheimer reproduces the eloquent and evolving voices of people who advanced liberty for African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, gays, and women. Offering 98 selections in four parts, the one-time chief of staff of Bill Clinton's White House speech-writing office chronicles the periods 1780-1865, 1866-1949, 1950-69, and 1970-2000, introducing each piece with a brief biographical and historical note to set the speaker, time, place, and significance. His richly illuminating entries both celebrate the distance that the United States has come since the bleakest days of public oppression and observe the critical struggle against continuing discrimination. Many well-known and less familiar speakers appear (a few, such as Martin Luther King Jr., turn up several times) as Gottheimer traces interconnections among protest movements and marks their rhetorical roots in the struggle of blacks against the racist oppression of slavery and segregation. Citations or notes on sources would have further polished the collection, and inescapable quibbles may challenge to displace some selections with others. But Gottheimer's work is destined to be a classic reference for anyone seriously interested in civil rights or great American speeches.-Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

William Jefferson ClintonJosh GottheimerGouverneur MorrisA Free NegroPeter Williams, Jr.Maria W. StewartAngelina GrimkeSara T. SmithJohn Quincy AdamsHenry Highland GarnetElizabeth Cady StantonSojourner TruthFrederick DouglassWilliam Lloyd GarrisonLucy StonePablo De La GuerraAbraham LincolnJohn BrownJonathan GibbsAbraham LincolnBooker T. WashingtonFrances Ellen Watkins HarperFrederick DouglassSusan B. AnthonyJames T. RapierRev. L.T. ChamberlainP.B.S. PinchbackAlexander CrummellElizabeth Cady StantonJosephine St. Pierre RuffinBooker T. WashingtonW.E.B. Du BoisMary Church TerrellCarrie Chapman CattWoodrow WilsonJohn P. IrishMargaret SangerAlonso S. PeralesMarcus GarveyMarcus GarveyW.E.B. Du BoisJames OmuraA. Philip RandolphCarey McWilliamsHarry S. TrumanBayard RustinHubert HumphreyEleanor RooseveltThurgood MarshallMartin Luther King, Jr.Ken BurnsDwight D. EisenhowerJohn F. KennedyMartin Luther King, Jr.John LewisHoward "Judge" SmithMalcolm XMartin Luther King, Jr.Malcolm XLyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. JohnsonRobert F. KennedyFranklin KamenyStokely CarmichaelJoseph M. MontoyaReies Lopez TijerinaCesar ChavezMartin Luther King, Jr.Robert F. KennedyDaniel InouyeBetty FriedanHenry B. GonzalezRodolfo "Corky" GonzalesShirly ChisolmBarbara JordanKarla JayJose Angel GutierrezSarah WeddingtonPatricia SchroederPhyllis LyonRobert "Spark" MatsunagaHarvey MilkClifford UyedaJesse Jackson, Sr.Cesar ChavezLarry KramerVirginia ApuzzoHarry HayAnita HillDavid MixnerLani GuinierWilliam J. ClintonSister SouljahColin PowellRaul YzaguirreLouis FarrakhanYuri KochiyamaBarney FrankKweisi MfumeHillary Rodham ClintonMary Frances Berry
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxix
Early America, Early Dissent 1787-1865
The Curse of Slaveryp. 3
Blood and Slaveryp. 5
This Is Our Countryp. 10
An Address at the African Masonic Hallp. 14
Address to the Massachusetts Legislaturep. 19
Loosening the Bonds of Prejudicep. 22
Defending the Amistad Slavesp. 28
An Address to the Slaves of the United States of Americap. 32
Address at Seneca Fallsp. 36
Ar'n't I a Woman?p. 43
What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?p. 45
No Compromise with the Evil of Slaveryp. 55
Leave Women, Then, to Find Their Spherep. 59
On Seizing Land from Native Californiansp. 62
A House Dividedp. 65
No Consciousness of Guiltp. 70
A Day to Celebrate Emancipationp. 72
Second Inaugural Addressp. 75
In Praise of Laborp. 77
Measured Gains: Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward 1866-1949
We Are All Bound Up Togetherp. 83
The Myth of "Yellow Peril"p. 87
Suffrage and the Working Womanp. 98
Half Free, Half Slavep. 103
Unsung Heroesp. 109
The First African-American Governorp. 112
The Queens of Womanhoodp. 115
Man Cannot Speak for Herp. 120
A Call for Black Womenp. 125
The Atlanta Compromisep. 128
Training Negroes for Social Powerp. 132
The Progress of Colored Womenp. 138
The Last, Hard Fightp. 142
A Moral Partnership Legitimizedp. 147
A Defense of Japanese Americansp. 150
Crusade for Women's Birth Controlp. 153
Defending Mexican Americansp. 156
A Separate Nationp. 159
A Last Word Before Incarcerationp. 166
A Negro Nation Within a Nationp. 170
Fighting Wordsp. 174
Desegregating the Militaryp. 178
A Cloud of Suspicionp. 185
Guarding Our Heritagep. 188
Jim Crow Armyp. 192
No Compromisesp. 196
The Universal Declaration of Human Rightsp. 201
The Civil Rights Era: Lift Every Voice 1950-1969
Dismantling Segregation: Brown v. Board of Educationp. 207
Montgomery Bus Boycottp. 210
The Homosexual Faces a Challengep. 216
Federal Court Orders Must Be Upheldp. 222
Civil Rights Messagep. 227
I Have a Dreamp. 233
We Must Free Ourselvesp. 238
Sex Discrimination in the Civil Rights Actp. 241
The Ballot or the Bulletp. 245
A Long, Long Way to Gop. 258
Brotherhood Among Ourselvesp. 266
We Shall Overcomep. 270
To Fulfill These Rightsp. 275
Day of Affirmation Addressp. 282
Furthering the Homophile Movementp. 291
Black Powerp. 296
The Silent People No Longerp. 304
The Land Grant Questionp. 306
Breaking Bread for Progressp. 315
I've Been to the Mountaintopp. 317
On Martin Luther King's Deathp. 318
From Expatriation to Emancipationp. 320
The Real Sexual Revolutionp. 327
This Is No Land of Cynicsp. 331
Chicano Nationalism: Fighting for La Razap. 335
For the Equal Rights Ammendmentp. 340
Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good?p. 345
Take Destiny into Your Own Handsp. 350
The Current Struggle: Slow But Steady Progress 1970-1998
A Chicano Definedp. 355
Roe v. Wade: Legalizing Abortionp. 362
You Can Do Itp. 365
Recognition NOWp. 368
America Should Admit Its Guiltp. 372
Tired of the Silencep. 376
That a Past Wrong Be Admittedp. 381
Our Time Has Come: 1984 Democratic Convention Speechp. 384
We Organizedp. 392
Acting Upp. 400
Creating Changep. 408
What Gay Consciousness Bringsp. 413
Anita Hill v. Clarence Thomasp. 418
The Story of Self-Hatredp. 423
Seeking a Conversation on Racep. 427
The Freedom to Diep. 431
We Are at Warp. 437
Rejecting Racial Hatredp. 445
The Two Faces of American Immigrationp. 450
A Million Men Marching Onp. 453
Consciousness Is Powerp. 468
Protecting Same-Sex Marriagep. 473
A Shining and Powerful Dreamp. 475
Seneca Falls: 150 Years Laterp. 481
Afterwordp. 489
Creditsp. 491
Indexp. 495