The Piazza

While sitting on his private piazza, the narrator imagines life at an idyllic home in the mountains. In his daydream, he meets a lonely young woman who often gazes at his house...

Temperance Address

This public address, given well before his presidency, was to the Springfield Washington Temperance Society. Although it did take a stance for temperance, it stirred the waters...

The Mask

Delirium, jealousy, and passion run free in Robert Chambers’ short story “The Mask.” Boris, a sculptor, has created a liquid that transforms objects into marble. His...

On Sense and the Sensible

This Aristotelian treatise makes up part of the philosopher’s Parva Naturalia, which is Latin for “short treatises on nature.” In this text, he presents his ideas about the...

Speech on the Compromises of the Constitution

Alexander Hamilton is considered one of the most important contributors to our constitution, and for good reason. In this speech, he addresses the handling of the constitution,...

The Life of Aratus

The Life of Aratus is one of the many biographies detailed in Plutarch’s integral work, Parallel Lives. In the Life of Aratus, Plutarch details the dynamic work done by the...

The Character of Washington

Daniel Webster gave this speech in honor of George Washington on the centennial of the first US president’s birth. In it, he praises Washington’s attributes and recounts his...

I Claim the Rights of Man

Reverend Henry McNeal Turner was an African Methodist Episcopal minister and one of the greatest defender of black American rights after the Civil War. During the Reconstruction,...

The Life of Timoleon

The Life of Timoleon, as told by Plutarch in Parallel lives, is a twisted and intriguing one. Deemed fiercely patriotic for helping plan the assassination of his tyrannical...

Announcing the Continuation of US Neutrality

In times of turmoil, the American people often turn to the President of the United States for clarification. One such time of turmoil came during the Spanish occupation of Cuba,...

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