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Welcome to Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture. Learn from the past through voices that made history. The podcast brings voices from the past that make history alive through their personal accounts, public speeches, and entertainment programs.  The voices are of political leaders, common citizens who lived during extraordinary times, and entertainers who helped Americans live through difficult times.  I provide a short introduction to the recording and another at the end to provide historical context.

This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network composed of family-friendly podcasts that bring a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network by clicking on this link, http://lifepodcast.net.  Let me know what speakers you would like to hear in the future and I will work to find the recordings.  I am a professor of history at the University of Minnesota.  Check out my personal website at http://arendale.org to learn more about me.

This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Google Play, Castbox.fm,Player FM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: Arendale.org and the HistoricVoicesPodcast Facebook page. Follow our Twitter account, @historicvoices  

Please post comments to the individual episodes, post to the iTunes podcast review and rating section, and email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu 

Jan 16, 2017

In this podcast episode, we feature Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speech I Have a Dream delivered on August 28, 1963. We are about to celebrate the national holiday in honor of Dr. King on January 16th. I thought it timely to release Dr. King’s on this day of remembrance and challenge to for us to recommit ourselves to the continuing fight for civil rights for all. The context for Dr. King’s speech was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in summer of 1963. The speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a quarter million civil rights supporters in Washington, D.C. Many historians declare the speech to be the defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement


Duane Hanson
almost twelve months ago

Great speech with great ideals. I wonder if Dr. King, and his dream of a color-blind society, would be accepted by today's minority leaders (Sharpton, Jackson, BLM, Obama?), who sometimes seem to be more interested in accentuating the divisions in society in order to keep people angry and thus keep their own political (and monetary) power in tact. It seems to me that Dr. King had a better vision of America. Dr. King was willing to sacrifice so much, while others seem to be more self-interested. Just my impression. Thanks again for the podcast.