Audio Archives

American Rhetoric: The Power of Speech

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010) ; Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

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Sponsoring Person or Institution

Dr. Michael E. Eidenmuller, University of Texas at Tyler, Religious Communication Association

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General Description of Archive

This archive has a huge range of speeches. Some have audio, some have transcripts (some have both). These speeches often link to an independent website which have the audio file in different formats. The audio that is on the American Rhetoric website usually uses youtube videos for more recent speeches (or those very popular Martin Luther King Jr. speeches), or an AR-XE mp3 stream or download. The source of the audio is provided when American Rhetoric is not the owner of the audio file.

Description of archive history or URL

Begun in 2001 as a single page by Dr. Michael E. Eidenmuller, as a University of Texas at Tyler page.

Contact information

Searchable options

No search bar, recordings are listed alphabetically by author's first name. There are several categories of speeches: Speech Bank, Top 100 Speeches, Rhetoric Library, Obama Speeches, Movie Speeches, Rhetorical Figures in Sound, Christian Rhetoric and 911 Rhetoric.

Relation from the audio to the text

Some audio files are transcribed, but not time stamped. Transcription follows below the audio play bar in a paragraph-style format. Transcriptions from other sites are not recorded here.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Date and location of the text are noted, but no context is given.

Author bios and context within literary history

None, sometimes useful websites are linked.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

mp3 files, download or stream.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Videos are provided instead of audio files when available (most speeches in the past 30 years have youtube videos). Pictures from the event are provided when available

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

audio plays in the same screen from a play bar. 3 options: AR-XE (American Rhetoric Extreme Enhancement) Mp3, Music Player by Premium beat (, and Quick Time player.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

Browsing is standard on this site, though it has no search bar, a viewer can browse through the lists of speeches.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

There is a Rhetoric Quiz.

Other notes