Presidential Voices


The Voices of American Presidents have been captured by audio pioneers since the early days of sound recording.  The invention of Edison's phonograph ushered in a new era of "recorded" history, beginning with President Benjamin Harrison in the late nineteenth century to the present day administration.

The recordings are short (3 minutes and under). Some of the older recordings have been transcribed due to sound quality.  It also provides a short background on why the words were said and in what context.

Use the resource to explore history, learn about the presidents, evaluate communications skills, and more.

Tags: communication, executive, history, leadership, news and media literacy, president, primary sources

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