American Rhetoric http://www.americanrhetoric.com/ American Rhetoric contains a searchable speech bank with 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, and interviews. Special features include: Top 100 Speeches, "Most Requested" and "Speech of the Week".
Background Notes-US State Department http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/ Background Notes provide information on geographic entities and international organizations and are updated periodically.
Biography.com http://www.biography.com/ Search this online resource for biographies. Site include Today's video picks of featured biographies.
Country Studies http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
The Gettysburg Address http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/gadd/ Includes digitized images and transcriptions of two early drafts of perhaps the most famous speech delivered by an American President. There are additional primary source documents associated with Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg. This site includes translations of the speech in 28 languages.
Gifts of Speech http://gos.sbc.edu/ Index of speeches by contemporary women from around the world. Currently contains several hundreds of speeches of about 70 women ranging from: Andrea Dworkin to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Queen Elizabeth to Rigoberta Menchu, and Janet Reno to Phyllis Schlafly.
History and Politics Out Loud http://www.hpol.org/ A searchable archive of "politically significant audio materials. The materials range from formal addresses to private telephone conversations. Introductions to the recordings give historical context and many also have transcripts. Also browsable by name, date, or title. Requires the plug-ins QuickTime or RealPlayer.
Toastmasters International http://www.toastmasters.org/ Toastmasters International is a non-profit organizationwhose goal is to help others to speak more effectively.