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Speeches of Note

Artwork from ‘Speeches of Note’ by Shaun Usher, published by Hutchinson and fully illustrated by Matthew throughout. The book is an eclectic collection of the world’s greatest speeches. While some speeches are heard by millions, some remain hidden and unspoken, such as President Nixon’s chilling public announcement should Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become stranded on the Moon.

Illustrated speeches include Tilda Swinton’s tribute to ‘every alien’s favourite cousin’, David Bowie; African-American abolitionist and the maiden Parliamentary speech by Mhairi Black, Britain’s youngest MP since 1667, lambasting the Conservative government’s treatment of the country’s poorest.

Shown here: ‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’ Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech to The Rochester Anti-Slavery Society