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Famous Speech Friday: Clara Barton's Andersonville testimony

The Eloquent Woman

But the war brought something out in her--something that led her to a speaking role unlike that of most women of her day. The American Red Cross biography of its founder takes her speaking as a matter of course: Barton had a talent for words. She was also a highly skilled speaker. Shy or skilled as a speaker, Barton's speaking career took off after the war ended. In May of 1861, the American Civil War was just beginning.

Famous Speech Friday: Aimee Semple McPherson's speech in a speakeasy

The Eloquent Woman

But she did more than speak and promote her Pentecostal message. It was summarized in The New Yorker by author John Updike in 2007, writing about a biography of the preacher: In 1927, a month after the charges against her were dismissed in Los Angeles, she arrived in New York in furs and a yellow suit, and was taken to a prime watering spot of the Roaring Twenties, Texas Guinan's speakeasy, on Fifty-fourth Street. What do you think about her speaking?