Looking for "at the time" criticism of famous, historically important speeches.
August 30, 2008 12:47 PM Subscribe
Can anyone point me towards particularly noteworthy "at the time" criticism of some of the United States' historically important speeches?
posted by csimpkins to Law & Government (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Particularly criticism of JFK's Inaugural Address and Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speeches. Though any others that might be interesting are also welcome.
There's a ton of essays and papers written years later, after the fact, and they seem to be mucking up my search results. I'm interested in reading emotionally negative responses to these types of speeches that were leveled "at the time" (or immediately after)... before the historical significance had a chance to be fully realized.
Whether the criticism was accurate or just isn't important. I'm just curious to see what the detractors were saying.
Yes, this is prompted by Obama's speech the other night. And no, this isn't an attempt to start a flame war or make a statement. The partisan reaction to his speech got me thinking about history and I'm genuinely curious.