Great speeches

Having received my latest email from Highbrow about the most influential speeches, I got thinking about famous speeches I am aware of.

And most of them seem to be American.

Even when I tried hard to think of some famous British speeches I could only come up with a couple - and both of them were by Churchill.

But, ask me to think of a famous American speech, and I immediately think "I have a dream", "Ask not what your country can do for you", "Give me liberty or give me death", "Four score and seven years ago", "My fellow Americans".

I wonder why that is. Have the British lost the art of speech-writing? Or lost the art of speech-giving? Or maybe we never really had it?

I'm certainly interested to see what other influential speeches make their way into my inbox over the next week or so.

[Image credit: Emily Chang]