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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I sincerely believe that were some persons to go through the streets of New York
nowadays and read a part of the Bible, if it were not known to be such, Mr.
Attorney, with the help of his innuendoes, would easily turn it into a libel.
Not all the treasure of the world , so far as I believe , could have induced me to
support an offensive war , for I think it murder ; but if a thief breaks into my house ,
burns and destroys my property , and kills or threatens to kill me , or those that