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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Songs have become commodities , written for quick sale and turnover , not as
vehicles for communal expression , inspiration and amusement . Politicians
seldom speak without reference to focus groups or pollsters to learn what people
Words that are learned “by heart” become one's personal treasure, available
when needed. In some curious way, they are committed to “memory” but stored
lovingly in the “heart.” Certain things are a pleasure to memorize, a pleasure that
It has become commonplace to say that books and the other elements of a verbal
culture are passť now that advanced technology defines our means of
communications. Of course, this is fairly ridiculous because even advanced ...
Let them all become attentive to the grounds and principles of government ,
ecclesiastical and civil . Let us study the law of nature ; search into the spirit of the
British Constitution ; read the histories of ancient ages ; contemplate the great ...
Let the public disputations become researches into the grounds and nature and
ends of government , and the means of preserving the good and demolishing the
evil . Let the dialogues , and all the exercises , become the instruments of ...