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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. Ignoring orders directing women nurses to stay safely in Washington, Barton.showed up on the field at nearly every major engagement in the eastern theater, beginning with the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862. The American Red Cross biography of its founder takes her speaking as a matter of course: Barton had a talent for words.

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?