Ann Richards at the DNC

Professor B and Jenny have both written posts mourning the death of fiesty Texas politician, Ann Richards, who passed away a few days ago. Like Jenny, I admired Richards’ “take-no-crap, hard talkin'” approach to politics, but I’d also like to add that Richards’ speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention is one of the reasons I took a political left turn at an important moment in my life. An audio file and transcript of the speech are available online at the American Rhetoric website, and looking through the transcript quickly, it’s an even more amazing speech than I remembered.


  1. Sujewa Ekanayake Said,

    September 16, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    Good speech. Thanks for the link Chuck.

    – Sujewa

  2. Dylan Said,

    September 16, 2006 @ 4:02 pm

    I was 11 when she gave that speech and so I was a little young to be politically aware, but I do remember how it rocked the world here in Texas.

    It’s been interesting, here in Dallas this week, how many people have expressed real sadness over her death. There are so many people who were completely, almost violently opposed to her as a politician. But as a person, everyone really seems to have loved her, even if begrudgingly.

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