The most profound and important speeches ever delivered are here collected in this anthology, featuring some of the most influential figures in world history. From ancient times to the American Revolution to as recently as this past century, Fort Raphael Publishing has collected some of the most important and iconic speeches of all time and presented them in this series.
Volume V features such disparate historical characters as Pope Urban II urging the beginning of the Crusades, Napoleon Bonaparte bidding farewell to his Old Guard as he steps down as Emperor of France, William Jennings Bryan's fiery "Cross of Gold" speech, Ida B. Wells speaking on the sourge of lynching in America, Eva Peron stepping down as candidate for the Vice Presidency of Argentina and Thurgood Marshall delivering the closing argument in the landmark Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education.
This collection of powerful and moving speeches pays tribute to these great world leaders and the words they used to inspire millions.
This is the fifth volume of this series.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) began as a common solider in the French Army who, amidst the chaos and disorder that followed the French Revolution, rose to power and eventually became the country's leader, expanded its borders, conquered new territory and, by the early 1800's had created a vast French Empire of which he was Emperor.
In 1812, Napoleon decided to expand his reach into Russia and led a huge, invading force deep into that country. They eventually reached Moscow, only to discover that the Russian forces had burnt the city to the ground, leaving the French Army without a means of feeding and housing themselves over the dangerous Russian winter. Napoleon began a long retreat that saw his army destroyed and reduced to a mere 20,000 troops.
Taking advantage of Napoleon's weakness, Britain, Austria, and Prussia then formed an alliance with Russia against Napoleon and his power gradually ebbed until, on March 30, 1814, Paris was captured by the Allies and Napoleon was forced to abdicate a week later, on April 6, 1814.
Two weeks after that, in the courtyard at Fontainebleau, Napoleon bid farewell to the remaining faithful officers of his Old Guard.