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Understanding Freedom's Heritage:

How to Keep and Defend Liberty

This list, prepared by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, includes some acknowledged classics and some idiosyncratic choices.  February 8, 2013

Sophocles, Antigone (Antigone's Pleas to Creon) - 442 BC
Pericles, Funeral Oration- 431 BC
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave (The Republic, Book VII) - C. 380 BC
Cicero, First Oration Against Catiline -63 BC
Magna Carta (Articles 39 and 40)- 1215
William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice (Portia's Speech)- 1959-98
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
Marc Antony's Funeral Oration for Caesar- 1599
Edmund Burke, Speech to the Electors at Bristol- 1774
Patrick Henry, Speech to Second Virginia Conference- 1775
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence- 1776
George Washington, Resignation Speech -1784
Preamble, The Constitution of the United States- 1787
Federalist Paper No. 1- 1787
William Wilberforce, Abolition Speech- 1789
Friedrich Schiller, The Maid of Orleans (Plea by Joan)- 1801
Daniel Webster, Second Reply to Hayne- 1830
Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman?- 1851
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere- 1861
Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address- 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Mrs. Bixby- 1864
John Greenleaf Whittier, Barbara Frietchie- 1864
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address- 1865
William Ernest Henley, Invictus- 1875
Susan B. Anthony, Women's Right to the Suffrage- 1873
Chief Joseph, Surrender Speech- 1877
The Civil Rights Cases (Harlan, J., Dissenting)- 1893
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn (Chapter XXXI: Huck's Moral Dilemma)- 1885
Theodore Roosevelt, Duties of American Citizenship- 1893
Plessy v. Ferguson (Harlan, J., Dissenting)- 1896
Emile Zola, J'Accuse- 1898
Theodore Roosevelt, Man in the Arena- 1910
Emmeline Pankhurt, Freedom or Death- 1913
John Mccrae, In Flanders Fields- 1915
Abrams v. United States (Holmes, J., Dissenting)- 1919
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken- 1920
Clarence Darrow, Closing Argument in Illinois v. Leopold & Loeb- 1924
Whitney v. California (Brandels, J., Concurring)- 1927
Lou Gehrig, Farewell to Baseball- 1939
The Great Dicator (Film: Chaplin's Speech Declining the Dictatorship)- 1940
Winston Churchill, We Shall Fight on the Beaches- 1940
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The Four Freedoms- 1941
John Gillespie Magee, High Flight- 1941
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Pearl Harbor Address- 1941
Ghandi, Quit India- 1942
Korematsu v. United States (Murphy, J., Dissenting)- 1944
Martin Niemöller, First they Came- 1946
Jawaharlal Nehuru, Tryst with Destiny- 1947
George Orwell, 1984- 1948
William Faulkner, Acceptance of Novel Prize- 1950
Whittaker Chambers, Witness (Preface)- 1952
Brown v. Board of Education- 1954
Friedrich Durrenmatt, The Visit- 1956
12 Angry Men (Film)- 1957
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Speech- 1961
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Speech- 1961
To Kill a Mockingbird (Film: Gregory Peck's Closing Argument to the Jury)- 1962
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich- 1962
Martin Luther King, Jr., I have a Dream- 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail- 1963
Don Mclean, American Pie- 1971
Michael Crichton, The Great Train Robbery (Preface)- 1975
Ronald Reagan, The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc- 1984
Texas v. Johnson (Kennedy, J., Concurring)- 1989
A Few Good Men (Film: Tom Cruise's Direct Examination of Jack Nicholson)- 1992
Shawshank Redemption (Film: Mozart Duet Inspires Prisoners)- 1994
Legally Blonde (Film: Reese Witherspoon's Commencement Address)- 2001
Lawrence v. Texas- 2003