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Hawai'i History Day: Primary Sources from the Hawai'i Congressional Papers Collection: 2020: Communication in History

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About this Guide

This guide features a selection of primary sources from the Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection that relate to each year’s History Day theme (click the green tabs above to navigate). Some of these documents may spark ideas and help you to generate questions as you start developing your project!

To learn more about our collections, which include the papers Senator Hiram L. Fong, Representative Thomas P. Gill, Senator Spark M. Matsunaga, Representative Ed Case, Representative Patricia F. Saiki, Representative Neil Abercrombie, Senator Daniel Akaka, and Senator Daniel K. Inouye, please visit our website.

Political Speeches

Speeches are one of the most enduring and inspiring forms of political communication. Legislators have many reasons for giving speeches. These may include persuading fellow legislators to vote a certain way on a particular issue, stating or clarifying their position on an issue, differentiating themselves from opponents, commemorating people and events, or gaining the support of voters during a campaign.

 

Speeches may be given on the floor of Congress, before Congressional committees, at political rallies, at dedication ceremonies, or before professional associations, interest groups, or the general public. Regardless of where they are delivered, however, speeches are often quoted in news coverage and shared via social media, where they can reach audiences far beyond legislators’ home constituencies. In this way, speeches have great potential to raise awareness about and support for an issue, to shift public conversation, and to impact policy.

 

This page showcases some notable speeches delivered by Hawai‘i’s members of Congress. Drafts are included where available.

Speeches from the Hawai'i Congressional Papers Collection

About Archives Research

Doing research in the Archives is different from finding books in a library. Identifying and reviewing archival material takes patience and persistence, so it’s important to start as early as you can!

If you think you might like to do research in the Congressional Papers Collection, email me (link above) with a description of your topic, and I’d be happy to see if our collections contain material that would support your research.

Please note that my access to the collections--and therefore my ability to assist researchers--may be impacted by COVID-19 closures.