Churchill wasn’t born a master orator — he overcame a childhood lisp by practicing enunciation. He understood the power of words early in his career.
As a 23-year-old British soldier in India, Churchill wrote an essay called “The Scaffolding of Rhetoric.” The original manuscript is in the Morgan exhibition.
“The climax of oratory is reached by a rapid succession of waves of sound and vivid pictures,” Churchill wrote.
Giving a little context Edward Rothstein observes:
So you won’t really be able to understand that there was a period — between Germany’s beginning to bomb England in 1940 (killing more than 40,000) and the United States’ entrance to the war at the end of 1941 — when England might well have fallen or made generous accommodation to German demands, had Churchill not been a master of words and ideas, rallying his “great island nation” as prime minister with promises of blood, toil, tears and sweat.
But you will see enough to get a sense of what his wartime leadership meant.