Although it's aimed at middle-grade listeners, this collection of important American speeches is enlightening for those of all ages. In the introductions, narrator Lisa Renee Pitts's spirited voice delivers the historical contexts and legacies of the speeches, unflinchingly detailing which Founding Fathers were slaveholders and explaining complicated politics. Pitts also delivers the three speeches by women with a fiery passion; Fannie Lou Hamer's speech is especially moving. The other 12 speeches are delivered in Prentice Onayemi's resonant, authoritative voice. His subtle accents authentically bring to life a diverse group of speakers, including Abraham Lincoln, Lou Gherig, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez. An accompanying pdf provides a color-coded timeline of America, beginning with the Revolution and dotted with thumbnail portraits of the orators. S.T.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2020]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9780062969088 $15.99
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