Philip Fradkin, Author, Wallace Stegner and the American West Page Stegner, Author; Professor of Literature, UC Santa Cruz Nancy Packer, Writer; Professor Emerita of Creative Writing, Stanford University Read more »
Frances Dinkelspiel, Author, Towers of Gold Ethan Rarick, Author, Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey Rick Wartzman, Author, Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath Julia Flynn Siler, Author, House of Mondavi - Moderator Read more »
What makes Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address the most admired speech in American history? In just two minutes (and 272 words), this speech changed a nation and the course of history. Fleming helps us learn the techniques of eloquence and inspiration from Lincoln in one of the most-quoted speeches in U.S. history.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on February 12, 2009.
The Surprising History of the Pledge of Allegiance
Shelley Lapkoff, Ph.D., Demographer
We memorize it at an early age and repeat it at public gatherings, but few know the real story behind the Pledge of Allegiance. In this national election year, when words and phrases like “patriotism” and “under God” invoke heated discussion, Lapkoff provides an intriguing and insightful glimpse of our broader social, economic and political history through the lens of this enshrined collective oath. Read more »