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Voices of Democracy

Voices of Democracy

This project draws from speeches throughout history to study the role that public discourse has in a civil society.

The Center for Democratic Deliberation is a co-sponsor of the Voices of Democracy project, an online curriculum and teaching resource with multimedia texts, critical essays, and other pedagogical materials focusing on great speeches in U.S. history.  The Web site was originally developed through a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Now that the grant has expired, the Web site is supported by the CDD and the University of Maryland.

In addition to pedagogical materials categorized under themes such as “War and Peace,” “Freedom of Speech,” and “Social and Economic Justice,” Voices of Democracy includes a refereed online journal edited by J. Michael Hogan and Shawn Parry-Giles. Voices of Democracy aligns with the CDD’s mission of enhancing the quality of public deliberations and promoting civic, rhetorical, and historical literacy.

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