Government Audios

Governments include dictatorships and democracies, parliaments and congresses. More than a system of rules and regulations, they help civilized people to live together peacefully. These stories explore different forms of government.

William Blake (1757-1827) was a young man, in his late teens, when he witnessed the "Gordon Riots" in London.

Churchill tried repeatedly to convince FDR to enter the war.

Winston Churchill became Prime Minister on the 10th of May, 1940.

On the 16th of October, 1938, Winston Churchill broadcast a speech urging both his country, and America, to arm themselves.

On the 8th of December, 1941 - the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed - Americans received their up-to-date news from the radio.

In his first inaugural address, which remains one of the most famous in American history, President Franklin D.

This audio clip, from the National Archives, is the swearing-in and inaugural address of John F.

In spite of censorship in her time, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) remains one of Russia's most-loved poets of the 20th century.

In spite of censorship in her time, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) remains one of Russia's most-loved poets of the 20th century.

On the evening of October 22, 1962, President Kennedy shocked the country when he reported the Soviet Union was installing ballistic missiles in Cuba.

Jean Valjean was imprisoned nineteen years - at hard labor - for breaking into a bakery, stealing a loaf of bread, then trying to escape from his life...

The attack by Japan was "unprovoked" and "dastardly," to use President Roosevelt's words.

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