Despite the shift in style, the best-known examples of strong public speaking are still studied years after their delivery. Among these examples are:
- Pericles' Funeral Oration in 427 BCE addressing those who died during the Peloponnesian War
- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in 1863
- Sojourner Truth's identification of racial issues in "Ain't I a Woman?
- Mahatma Gandhi's message of nonviolent resistance in India, which in turn inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the Washington Monument in 1963.