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Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture

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Historic Voices Podcast brings voices from the past that make history come alive through their personal accounts and public speeches. Some episodes bring the voices of political and military leaders, common citizens who lived during extraordinary times, and entertainers who helped Americans live t… read more


(S01-E20) HV Sir. Winston Churchill - "Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat Speech" - May 13, 1940

In this podcast episode, we feature a rebroadcast of a radio speech by Sir Winston Churchill on May 13, 1940. The dramatic timing of the speech was that it was Churchill’s first speech to the British people since being named Prime Minister during early World War II. This speech is part one of a two-part series featuring Mr. Churchill. The next episode will be his famous “Iron Curtain” speech that announced that the Cold War had already begun with the aggressions by the Soviet Union.

Germany had been rampaging throughout Europe during early World War Two, conquering one nation another another. The United States would not enter the war for another 18 months and were not providing sufficient support for the British due to their isolationist feelings and wanting to avoid entanglement in European wars. The British morale was at a low-point at this moment as they felt it was their tiny nation was the only one that had not fallen to German occupation and that invasion from the Nazis was ready to begin.

Prime Minister Churchill delivers a short speech of the grim reality and positive hope. He promises the British people through an honest assessment that the near future will be “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat” as they fight against the Germans alone. Yet, he ends this short speech will hope for the British people to not give up, but fight. Accompanying this audio podcast is a written transcript of the speech along with the back story for this particular speech. Each are provided as separate PDF episodes for this podcast.

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