John Brown's Last Speech
02:36 — Actor David Strathairn performs abolitionist John Browns final speech before his execution in 1859. Introduction by Viggo Mortensen.
Yolanda Huet-Vaughn Refuses to Fight
02:29 — Rosario Dawson reads the words of a mother refusing to fight in the Gulf War.
The Ballad of Roosevelt
02:14 — Danny Glover performs a Langston Hughes poem inspired by unfulfilled promises to the poor.
Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience
02:00 — Actor David Strathairn performs an excerpt from Henry David Thoreaus Civil Disobedience. Introduction by Danny Glover.
Sylvia Woods Fight for Freedom
02:02 — Sylvia Woods, a pioneer in the struggle of African-American and women trade unionists, describes her first experiences speaking out against racism. Pe (more…)
General Butler on War
02:54 — Viggo Mortensen performs the words of Major General Smedley Butler, a highly decorated United States Marine, as he shared his feelings about war in 19 (more…)
Josh Brolin: Bartolomeo Vanzetti
02:24 — Actor Josh Brolin performs the words of an Italian immigrant after his unjust trial that resulted in a death sentence.
No More Auction Block
03:28 — John Legend Performs the slave spiritual, No More Auction Block.
Matt Damon: The Declaration of Independence
02:02 — Actor Matt Damon performs and discusses the Declaration of Independence.
A People's History of the United States
02:13 — The stars of The People Speak talk about Howard Zinn and his book, A Peoples History of the United States.
Wall Street Owns the Country
02:13 — Kathleen Chalfant performs the words of an 1800s activist on how Wall Street runs America.
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
02:01 — Allison Moorer sings the Great Depression anthem, Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
Letter to Sarah Logue
03:17 — Actor Benjamin Bratt reads a letter from a runaway slave to his former master.
Characteristics of Early Factory Girls
02:05 — Marissa Tomei performs the words of a young factory girl preparing to strike.
Mutiny in George Washington's Army
02:02 — Spoken word poet Staceyann Chin and actor Michael O'Malley read the words of Samuel DeWees, a soldier in Washington's army, as he tells the story of m (more…)
Goldman on Patriotism
02:05 — Actress Sandra Oh reads Emma Goldmans view on patriotism in America.
The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro
03:43 — Morgan Freeman performs the words of Fredrick Douglass addressing a white audience about the Fourth of July.
Christina Kirk: Susan B. Anthony
02:07 — Actors Christina Kirk and Josh Brolin perform the speeches made at Susan B. Anthony's suffrage trial.
Black Hawk Surrender Speech
02:09 — Actor Don Cheadle performs Chief Black Hawks surrender speech at the end of the Black Hawk War in 1832.
The people speak
07:31 — Tensions between the Soviet-sponsored Polish government and the opposition reach a boiling point.