The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. IV: Great Britain - II

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In 1906, William Jennings Bryan, himself a famous American orator, and Francis Whiting Halsey published a series of the most famous orations of all time. They are ordered by both geographic area and time period, ranging from Ancient Greece to their contemporary United States. The third, fourth, and fifth volumes of this collection concern British speakers. The speeches contained in this third volume are ordered chronologically. We begin in the year 1781 with a speech on the war in America, and end this volume in the middle of the 19th century with a speech on the "Trent" Affair. - Summary by Carolin (7 hr 10 min)


William Pitt - I - The War in America Denounced 4:00 Read by DrPGould
William Pitt - II - On an Attempt to Force His Resignation 3:18 Read by DrPGould
William Pitt - III - On the Refusal to Negotiate with France 31:13 Read by DrPGould
Charles James Fox - I - On the British Defeat in America 5:16 Read by Nemo
Charles James Fox - II - The Tyranny of the East India Company 6:18 Read by Nemo
Charles James Fox - III - The Foreign Policy of Washington 5:03 Read by Nemo
Charles James Fox - IV - On the Refusal to Negotiate with France 38:10 Read by Michele Fry
William Wilberforce - On the Horrors of the Slave Trade 17:26 Read by Larry Wilson
Thomas Erskine - On Limitations to Freedom of Speech 22:48 Read by Michele Fry
Sir James Mackintosh - A Plea for Free Speech 46:26 Read by pmstrahm
Thomas Chalmers - When Old Things Pass Away 4:51 Read by pmstrahm
George Canning - On Granting Aid to Portugal 20:10 Read by pmstrahm
Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay - On the Reform Bill 18:48 Read by DrPGould
Henry Peter, Lord Brougham - On Emancipation for the Negro 18:42 Read by Larry Wilson
Charles Dickens - As the Literary Guest of America 9:30 Read by Phil Schempf
Richard Cobden - The Effects of Protection on Agriculture 34:25 Read by DrPGould
Sir Robert Peel - For a Repeal of the Corn Laws 18:39 Read by jenno
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston - On Affairs in Greece 17:01 Read by TRUEBRIT
William Makepeace Thackeray - On Charity and Humor 27:12 Read by jenno
John Henry Newman - Catholicism and the Religions of the World 10:54 Read by pmstrahm
John Bright - I - On the English Foreign Policy 38:11 Read by TRUEBRIT
John Bright - II - On the 'Trent' Affair 32:13 Read by TRUEBRIT