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Crisis of Confidence Speech by President Jimmy Carter Digital History ID 4301
In this speech, President Carter speaks to Americans about the 'crisis of confidence' in American government, values and way of life. Carter challenges citizens to unite and address the problems in America by first addressing the energy shortage.
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Address to the Nation on the Invasion of Iraq by President George W. Bush Digital History ID 4304
In this speech President Bush explains that the aerial invasion of Iraq comes after months of failed negotiations with Saddam Hussein.
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Engines of Our Ingenuity

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Superconductors Digital History ID 4516
Let's ask whether inventions fight their way into the world from inside inventors' heads, or are they made in response to worldly needs? Look at the steamboat. It was reinvented dozens of times before Fulton. But it never caught on. When Fitch ran a steamboat line in Philadelphia 20 years before Fulton, he couldn't attract enough passengers to pay for it. Of course, Fulton made a much better boat in 1807; but what's more important is that by then there was a public demand for the steamboat.
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