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History in Reverse

Read this before listening: A note regarding reverse speech audio samples.

If hindsight is 20/20 this is especially true in Reverse Speech. Here is a peek into the subconscious minds of some figures in history.


Rosa Parks, an inspiring figure in the civil rights movement, was soft spoken and clear on her place in history, as this congruent reversal shows.

Forward:
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free, and that wanted other people to be also free
Reverse:
Let a memory tell that

Sir Winston Churchill's self confidence and conviction helped pull Great Britain through World War Two.

Forward:
None can compute what has been called the unestimated sum of human pale. Our supreme task and duty is to guard the homes of the common people from the horrors and miseries of another war. We are all agreed on that
Reverse:
Keep the law alive

These same traits are congruently communicated in his reverse messages, along with the realization of the emotional state of his countrymen.

Forward:
All British moral and material forces and convictions
Reverse:
Right but never wrong; fear for all

Here he speaks about the League of Nations.

Forward:
We must make sure that its work is fruitful, that it is a reality and not a sham, that it is a force for action
Reverse:
There's the lie

Harry S. Truman reveals his trepidation when announcing his decision to use the atomic bomb.

Forward:
The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base
Reverse:
Sad bear's dilemna

Thomas Edison expresses a strong opinion of himself, and reframes it is reverse.

Forward:
I am the Edison phone csar
Reverse:
The local city mayor

Earl R. Bowden, U.S. Communist Party leader 1936 expresses his convictions. I'm not sure about the meaning of his reversal. Does it predict the future, or reveal a stratgey? In either case, it certainly predates the civil rights movement.

Forward:
A strong working class, a powerful united labor movement, this is a necessity for democracy
Reverse:
Have negro march it

Robert F. Kennedy discusses a nuclear arms treaty.

Forward:
Nor does this treaty mean an end to the threat of nuclear war
Reverse:
The man and the meteor says it all

At the Columbine shooting an heroic teacher reveals her concern in reverse.

Forward:
Lie him on the floor
Reverse:
How can Mommy help?