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Cabrini Faculty Uncover Orators’ Impact on US History in New 3-Book Set

Posted on 1/12/2017 9:00:00 AM

Cabrini History professors publish a new three-book set that examines the impact of great speeches in US history.

RADNOR, Pa. (Jan. 12, 2017)—As we see how newly elected representatives will shape our country’s narrative this January, Cabrini faculty members examine how past speeches have defined history and shaped significant issues in the US in their three-book set, American History through its Greatest Speeches: A Documentary History of the United States.  

Published by ABC-CLIO, the set includes the evaluation of hundreds of significant speeches—from the colonial era to modern day—through historical context, intent, and delivery.

Historians Jolyon Girard, PhD, Courtney Smith, PhD, and Darryl Mace, PhD, completed the work in two years, editing and contributing more than 70,000 words each volume.  

“The project editor from ABC-CLIO got in touch with me two years ago and asked if I would edit a three-volume set on America's greatest speeches,” said Girard, professor emeritus of history and political science at Cabrini. “Rather than go outside Cabrini to look for colleagues to co-edit the book, I knew we had two solid young historians here. Both Darryl and Courtney were interested and clearly qualified. I could not have worked with two better people.”

To further analyze how these great speeches impact history, the editors present the material in a way to help readers uncover the motivations behind each speech as well as the speech’s effect on the audience.

“The readers will come away from each speech with a clear view of the time period when the speech was delivered and issues that each speaker considered,” Girard said. “Additionally, we include a short biography of each speaker and introduce each speech to include where, when, and why the speakers delivered their remarks.”

The three-book set is available electronically as well as in print.

For more information, view American History through Its Greatest Speeches at ABC-CLIO.com. 


About Cabrini University

Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.

Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,300 undergraduates in more than 35 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 900 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.