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 A. Introduction

At these now oft celebrated intellectual engagements, two equally impassioned orators bore into each other with the force of colliding locomotives. The crowds swelled with anticipation and the knowledge that the fate of the country hung in the balance of these two opposing viewpoints. But both Lincoln and Douglas faced the same problem. How could they effectively communicate their message to the masses? Throughout recorded history communication has served as the bridge that connects two different ideologies. Without acknowledging its fundamental importance to society, it is unlikely humankind could accomplish anything of great significance.

 B. Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers

  • Communication
  • Communication and Culture
  • Communication -- History
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Sign Language
  • Browse Call Numbers - 302, 306, 400s

 C. Frequently Mentioned Texts

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History by William Saffire
Helen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Herrman
Gandhi's Truth; On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence by Erik H. Erikson

 D. General References, e.g. Guides, Encyclopedia, or Dictionaries

The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches by Brian MacArthur
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The World Book Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of World Biography by Gale Research

 E. Magazines or Newspapers

 F. Internet Resources

  • MahatmaGandhi.org - An exhaustive resource for information on Mahatma Gandhi, one of history's most distinguished communicators.
  • Besthistorysites.net - An award-winning portal created for history teachers, students, and general history enthusiasts. BOHWS contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites as well links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more throughout its pages.

 G. Other Media, e.g. Video, Audio

The Greatest Speeches of All-Time, 815/G786g/COMPACT/DISC - A compilation of thirteen speeches, primarily by Americans, using recordings made of the speech at the time.
Prepared by R. Taylor
Updated March 2013