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ERIC Number: EJ781103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
The Great Communicator Files
Cohen, Mira
Social Education, v71 n7 p372-379 Nov-Dec 2007
American presidents are regularly called upon to share their thoughts, ideas, and sentiments both with the nation and the world. This prompts the questions: How are these speeches written? Who writes them? What other resources, texts, conversations, and experiences do presidents use to help them create these famous speeches? Who helps the president put his thoughts and ideas on paper? Who gives a memorable speech that "magic touch"? These are the questions addressed in the "Great Communicator Files"--a series of teaching materials and primary source documents on presidential speechwriting and speechmaking that can be accessed online at The purpose of these curriculum materials is two-fold: to examine presidential speechwriting efforts; and to gain insight into President Reagan's personal speechmaking style. Inside the files, educators and students uncover original documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Archives, including copies of original speeches, backup copies of speeches, letters to the president, stories and experiences shared with the president which were incorporated into his speeches, written notes from the president's staff, White House Staffing Memoranda, quotations from historical figures, and other documents. This article focuses on the "Omaha Beach Memorial Remarks," delivered in Normandy, France, for the 40th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984. There are currently two additional "Great Communicator Files": one on the "Challenger Speech" and one on the "Pointe du Hoc Address," an additional World War II commemorative speech. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Historical Materials; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States