Listen to audio samples of the very first "sound bites."


William Howard Taft

Bryan - Guaranty of Bank Deposits
This recording deals with a financial problem that had plagued the country in 1907 — one not so dissimilar to the financial crisis facing the United States today. “The Government demands protection on its own deposits,” says Bryan. “Why should not private individuals have equal protection?”


Listen to audio samples of the very first "sound bites."

William Howard Taft

Taft - Rights and Progress of the Negro
By today’s standards, this recording by Taft, “Rights and Progress of the Negro,” is patronizing and condescending. But in 1908 this speech was considered progressive,  supporting civil rights for all.