What do curtains, walls, and peace have in common?

Both the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain have become everlasting symbols of the Cold War. Removing these impediments has marked huge milestones towards achieving peace.

To help you illustrate these and other historic events, unitedstreaming has just released 48 historic speeches! These speeches include everything from John F. Kennedy’s address at the Berlin Wall where he famously proclaims "Ich bin ein Berliner" to Winston Churchill’s "Iron Curtain" metaphor describing the increasing political grip of communism.

Other famous speeches include: Amelia Earhart’s belief in the age of flight, Thomas Edison speaking on the future of electricity, and the inaugural speech of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

You can stream and/or download these speeches just like you would with any of the other material that you find on the site.

Finally,transcripts and classroom use guides are available within the Related Materials tab attached to each famous speech.

We hope that you enjoy these resources, and just think, the next world famous orator may just be sitting in your classroom. 

Talk to you soon,
Matt Monjan
Discovery Education


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  1. Joe Brennan said:

    Here’s a good example of what you can do with rich historic resources like Matt has mentioned above. I was fortunate to be able to go on a Global Awareness trip to Berlin and Prague this summer with a number of other Apple Distinguished Educators. One of our group, Steve Wagenseller, has a great speaking voice in addition to his many other talents. In this example he combines Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” with Cold War images.

  2. Stevie Kline said:


    Thanks once again for letting us know about what is new on unitedstreaming. After watching and listening to “The Mending Wall” that Joe mentions, I am thinking about how we need to keep giving our own students a voice. What a great project to have our students use the images from unitedstreaming to illustrate a speech or poem of their own.

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