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The Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders from 1918-1920. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential election of 1920. Speakers include: Warren G. Harding, James Cox, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Samuel Gompers, Henry Cabot Lodge, and John J. Pershing. Speeches range from one to five minutes.
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Speaker Portrait Gallery

From War to Normalcy: An Introduction to the Nation's Forum Collection

Understanding the Collection

About the Collection

Selected Bibliography

Collection Connections

Working with the Collection

How to Listen to Sound Recordings

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