The Voices of Democracy project is designed to promote the study of great speeches and debates across the humanities. It reflects our belief that the study of speeches can bring history alive for students, promote historical and civic literacy, and encourage more robust democratic deliberation. By studying the actual words of those who have helped shape the American democratic experience, students can gain the knowledge and practical skills they need to participate meaningfully in the democratic process. In today's complex and contentious world, we need both leaders and citizens with a shared commitment to responsible and ethical public advocacy. By studying the speeches on Voices of Democracy, students can learn the importance of participating in the democratic process by "speaking out" on the crucial issues of the day.
Toward such ends, each unit features teaching-learning strategies for use in the humanities classroom. In the coming months, we will continue to expand the teaching-learning resources available on Voices of Democracy. We encourage you to check back for additional updates and to contact us if you have suggestions for materials you would like to see posted on the site.