Speeches for Kids

Every president has faced several crises and other momentous events during his presidency. President Nixon used speeches and television to communicate his ideas and policies to the American public as well as share to share events, such as the moon landing.

Explore some of these moments with audio excerpts, photographs, and documents

Silent Majority

On November 3, 1969, President Nixon delivered the "Silent Majority" speech, outlining his plan for ending the Vietnam War. To learn more, listen to excerpts from the speech and view letters from people who agreed or disagreed with Nixon's ideas.

Energy Policy

What would happen if there was a gasoline shortage? In October 1973, President Nixon addressed the nation about the energy crisis, listing strategies for dealing with the oil shortage. Listen to excerpts from the speech and look at letters from concerned people.

Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. Listen to the call President Nixon made to the astronauts, look at photographs, and read letters to the President about the moon landing.

For text of all of President Nixon's speeches to the public, see the Public Papers of the Presidents.