Great Speeches of Col. R. G. Ingersoll

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Cosimo, Inc., 2009 M01 1 - 454 pages
As outspoken in his day as Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens are today, American freethinker and author ROBERT GREEN INGERSOLL (1833-1899) was a notorious radical whose uncompromising views on religion and slavery (they were bad, in his opinion), women's suffrage (a good idea, he believed), and other contentious matters of his era made him a wildly popular orator and critic of 19th-century American culture and public life.Considered in their day some of the finest gems of oratory, these lectures by Ingersoll feature some of his most entertaining and most insightful yet lesser known talks, including: "Eulogy on Abraham Lincoln" "Grand Future of America" "Best Portion of the Earth" "Getting Up Early in the Morning" "The Fashions and Handsome Women" "What the Railroads Have Done" "How a Man Should Treat His Wife and Children" "Ingersoll's Beautiful Dream" "War to Be a Failure" "Sufferings of the Slaves" "The Question of Superiority" "What Is a Capitalist?" "The Government a Pauper" "Beware of Bachelors" and many more.

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Robert Ingersoll was one of the most popular public speakers of the late 1800s, and a notorious freethinker (agnostic). There's a lot of common sense and human warmth in these speeches, staggering ... Read full review

Contents

Oration at a Childs Grave
253
Our Country
265
Ingersoll On American Nationality
288
Preserve Slavery
293
War Commenced
300
ie Solid South
306
mocracy the Greatest Luxury
313
eenbacks
319

ar to Be a Failure
147
Speech to Volunteer Soldiers
167
Its Record
203
e Must Stand by the Party
209
le Country is Prosperous
222
at Money
236
ie Poor Have a Chance
249
nancial Honor
325
meral Hancock
331
The North and South
341
Not Preaching a Gospel of Hate
382
Fiat Money
404
Money and Protection
411
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