Lest we forget

In remembrance of the attack to Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, I’m attaching President Roosevelt’s War Message to Congress, as taken by Charles Zoubek over the radio in the office of the Gregg Publishing Company in New York.

If you want to practice writing this speech, I have made a practice sheet with the text on the left side and a shorthand-spaced column on the right.

If you want to hear it yourself, take the dictation, and compare it with
Zoubek’s take, click the YouTube video below for FDR’s speech:

Churchill’s address to Parliament that followed is longer, and can be heard in this YouTube video:

 

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  1. It is so nice to have this specimen of real-time shorthand writing of such an important date in American history.  Likewise, Churchill's speech is really an interesting piece.  While both speeches have some words that can pose a writing problem, the pace is relatively slow in both of them.  If you want to hear it yourself, take the dictation, and compare it with Zoubek's take, click below for FDR's speech:   http://www.umkc.edu/lib/spec-col/ww2/PearlHarbor/rams/DOI.ram   Churchill's address that followed is longer, and can be found in its entirety here:   http://www.earthstation1.com/Churchillia/wc411208.wav   Enjoy!

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