Do Motivational Speeches Truly Inspire People?


Ja’an Shearard, Staff Writer

Susan B Anthony’s speech really inspired people by her stating her famous speech “Woman’s Rights to the Suffrage” that “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people — women as well as men.” This speech really inspired people to look at the justice systems a lot more.
Socrates’ speech really seemed to reach out to many people and when he talked about “Apology,4th century B.C.” He stated that “The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways — I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.”
Patrick Henry was well known for his famous speech that he said in 1775 Give me Liberty or Give me Death.” “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”. That made people think differently about whether to mobilize forces against the British.
Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Maryland, He later escaped in 1838 and earned widespread acclaim for his autobiography in 1845. Later on he made an announcement about The Hypocrisy of American Slavery” that “Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.”
Abraham Lincoln delivered a really satisfying speech to people when he stated  that Gettysburg Address,1863.” “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Winston Churchill made one of history’s best battle cries “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat, “You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.”
John F. Kennedy made a brief speech to his audience when he talked about his “Inaugural Address,1961,” “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. made a great speech that people know till this day called “ I Have a Dream,” ”This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”
Lyndon B. Johnson helped usher in the Voting Rights Act and also made an announcement about “The American Promises” when he said “There is no moral issue. It is wrong — deadly wrong — to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States rights or national rights. There is only the struggle for human rights. I have not the slightest doubt what will be your answer.”
These speeches show that many people have been inspired from their speeches and are known very well for what they have done for their country’s and for what they have done for their people. People wrote story’s about all of these people for what they have done and how it has inspired them to do better.