The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
Harper Collins, 05.09.2000. - 656 страница
The American Reader is a stirring and memorable anthology that captures the many facets of American culture and history in prose and verse. The 200 poems, speeches, songs, essays, letters, and documents were chosen both for their readability and for their significance. These are the words that have inspired, enraged, delighted, chastened, and comforted Americans in days gone by. Gathered here are the writings that illuminate -- with wit, eloquence, and sometimes sharp words -- significant aspects of national conciousness. They reflect the part that all Americans -- black and white, native born and immigrant, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American, poor and wealthy -- have played in creating the nation's character.
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In an age like this, it is daunting to find entries for a book whose purpose is to
identify classic speeches, poems, arguments and songs, the words that became
an enduring part of American culture and that deserve to be recalled, even
Those who had signed the compact became the governing body of the Plymouth
colony , with the power to elect officers , pass laws , and admit new voting
members . The covenant entered into on that November day on a ship at anchor
in the ...
... he had migrated to Virginia as an indentured servant shortly before 1700. He
taught school, studied for admission to the bar, and served in the Maryland
Assembly. After studying law in London, he settled in Philadelphia, where he
became a ...
Then and there was the first scene of the first act of opposition to the arbitrary
claims of Great Britain . " Although Otis lost the case , the British government
withdrew the writs of assistance . Otis became a leading political activist after
Adams became active in colonial politics in 1765 , when he published articles in
the Boston Gazette denouncing the Stamp Act . These articles , published
together as A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law , are excerpted below .