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  • American Rhetoric
    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
    Background Notes provide information on geographic entities and
    international organizations and are updated periodically.

  • Biography.com
    Search this online resource for biographies. Site include Today's video picks of featured biographies.

  • Culture Crossing - Business Etiquette
    Search this online resource for business etiquette in specific countries.

  • CIA World Factbook
    The World Factbook, produced by CIA's Directorate of Intelligence,
    is a comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries
    and other entities.

  • Country Studies
    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.

  • e-Diplomat - Cultural Etiquette Around the World
    Cultural Etiquette throughout the world.

  • Famous Speeches
    Examples of Famous speeches and topics.

  • Famous Trials
    University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law - Sites include: account of events, chronology, selected images, examinations and evidence, etc.

  • The Gettysburg Address
    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
    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
    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
    Toastmasters International is a non-profit organizationwhose goal is to help others to speak more effectively.