John Dickerson is a correspondent for 60 Minutes. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Atlantic and the host of the Whistlestop podcast and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

Great Speeches that Convince

A few weeks ago I asked people to suggest great speeches that were aimed at convincing skeptical audiences. Here is a brief list based on those responses (A lot of people mistook the request to mean “who is a person who made a good speech” (I’d love to know the convincing speech you’re thinking of!) or they took it to mean “speeches I like.” While those speeches don’t seek to convince a hostile audience, I included some of their submissions anyway)

The original question here.

I’m still working on it, but the list so far:

Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Demosthenes, DEMOSTHENES: SPEECH AGAINST PHILIP OF MACEDON

John Kennedy Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.

James Baldwin, “A Talk to Teachers

Robert Kennedy, STATEMENT ON ASSASSINATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Winston Churchill, “We Shall Fight them on the Beaches.

Lyndon B. Johnson, “The American Promise

Wendell Berry, “It All Turns on Affection

Maya Angelou, “On the Pulse of Morning

Barack Obama, “Sandy Hook Vigil

Jesse Jackson, “1988 Democratic National Convention Address

Abraham Lincoln, “First Inaugural Address

Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture

Mario Cuomo, “1984 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech

Richard Nixon, “Checkers Speech

Nelson Mandela, “Inaugural Address

Anna Howard Shaw, “The Fundamental Principle of a Republic

Fannie Lou Hamer, “Testimony Before the Credentials Committee

Emma Watson, “He for She

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “The Solitude of Self

Barbara Charline Jordan, “Statement on the Articles of Impeachment

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