“To Secure These Rights”, The Report of President Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights

Assignment from the President MR. PRESIDENT: This is the report which we have prepared in…

Message to the House Regarding Documents Relative to the Jay Treaty

To the House of Representatives of the United States: With the utmost attention I have…

Letter to Phillip Mazzei

My Dear Friend, Your letter of Oct. 26. 1795. is just received and gives me…

“Peace Without Conquest”

Source: Address at Johns Hopkins University: “Peace Without Conquest,” April 7, 1965, Public Papers of…

Special Message to the Congress Recommending a Comprehensive Health Program

To the Congress of the United States: In my message to the Congress of September…

Address on the Vietnam War

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1969 (Washington, D.C.:…

Fragment on Government

The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they…

Fireside Chat on the Recovery Program

Source: “Fireside Chat (Recovery Program),” July 24, 1933. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T.…

Remarks at Moscow State University

The President. Thank you, Rector Logunov, and I want to thank all of you very…

Address to the Nation on Iran Arms and Contra Aid

  My fellow Americans: I’ve spoken to you from this historic office on many occasions…

Address to Congress on Program for Economic Recovery

  Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, distinguished Members of the Congress, honored guests, and fellow citizens:…

Annual Message to Congress (excerpt)

It continues to develop that the insurrection is largely, if not exclusively, a war upon…

Speech on the Kansas Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois (abridged)

The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute the subject…

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant

Major General Grant My dear General I do not remember that you and I ever…

Letter to George McClellan

Major General McClellan. My dear Sir. Your despatches complaining that you are not properly sustained,…

Letter to Edgar Newton Eisenhower

Dear Ed: I think that such answer as I can give to your letter of…

Letter to Dr. Milton S. Eisenhower

Personal and Confidential As for McCarthy. Only a short-sighted or completely inexperienced individual would urge…

Vietnam: The Third Face of the War

Speech to the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and my…

Address at Cairo University

I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo and to be hosted…

Address to the National Conference of Catholic Charities

Cardinal Hayes, Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen:1 Coming down through the crowd this evening, my…

Special Message to Congress on Mexican Relations

James K. Polk, “Special Message to Congress on Mexican Relations,” May 11, 1846. Online by…

Stay of Execution for Nathaniel Gordon

Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, To all to whom these Presents…

Indian Removal Act

An Act to provide for an exchange of lands with the Indians residing in any…

War Message to Congress

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: I communicate to Congress…

Notes on the State of Virginia, Query IV: A Notice of the Mountains?

For the particular geography of our mountains I must refer to Fry and Jefferson’s map…

Letter to James H. Hackett

MY DEAR SIR: Months ago I should have acknowledged the receipt of your book and…

“The Presidency; Making an Old Party Progressive”

Chapter X in An Autobiography On September 6, 1901, President McKinley was shot by an Anarchist…

Prayer on D-Day

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt D–Day Prayer, National Archives and Records Administration, 197375. My fellow Americans: Last…

Letter Accepting the Republican Nomination

Mr. Root And Chairmen Of The Notification Committee: I accept the nomination which you tender.…

Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association and Other Inhabitants

Gentlemen: The testimony of your satisfaction at the glorious termination of the late contest, and…

Veterans Day Proclamation

TITLE 3 – THE PRESIDENT PROCLAMATION 3071 VETERANS DAY, 1954 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE…

Speech to the 166th Ohio Regiment

I suppose you are going home to see your families and friends. For the service…

The Virginia Resolutions

In the House of Delegates Resolved, that the General Assembly of Virginia doth unequivocally express a…

Letter to Daniel Webster

I return my thanks for the copy of your late very powerful Speech in the…

Letter to Nicholas Trist

Dr. Sir, I have received yours of the 19th, inclosing some of the South Carolina…

Report on the Virginia Resolutions

Report of the Committee to whom were referred the Communications of various State, relative to…

Fragment on Free Labor

Equality, in society, alike beats inequality, whether the latter be of the British aristocratic sort, or…

Consequences of the Proposed “New Deal”

Source: “Address at Madison Square Garden in New York City,” October 31, 1932. Online by…

A New Foundation for the Economy Speech

It has now been twelve weeks since my administration began. And I think even our…

Keynote Address at Democratic National Convention

Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let’s face it, my presence on this…

Special Message to Congress Proposing a Nationwide War on the Sources of Poverty

We are citizens of the richest and most fortunate nation in the history of the…

Fireside Chat on the Plan for Reorganization of the Judiciary

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat,” March 9, 1937. Online by Gerhard Peters and John…

Acceptance Speech at the Democratic Convention (1932)

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Democratic National Convention in…

The Right of the People to Rule

THE great fundamental issue now before the Republican party and before our people can be…

Inaugural Address

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for…

A New Foundation for the Economy Speech

It has now been twelve weeks since my administration began. And I think even our…

Letter to Mrs. Orville Browning

  Springfield Dear Madam: Without appologising[sic] for being egotistical, I shall make the history of…

Letter to John Johnston

  Dear Brother: On the day before yesterday I received a letter from Harriett, written…

Spot Resolutions in the U.S. House of Representatives

  WHEREAS the President of the United States, in his message of May 11th. 1846,…

Letter to John Johnston

Dear Brother Your letter of the 22nd. is just received. Your proposal about selling the…
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