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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As we get to know the history of our society and hear the voices of those who
created our energetic, complex, pluralistic, and humane culture, we will better
understand ourselves and our times. Yor In preparing this book, I incurred many ...
... doe by these presents solemnly & mutualy in the presence of God , and one of
another , covenant & combine our selves togeather into a civill body politick ; for
our better ordering , & preservation & furtherance of the ends aforesaid ; and by ...
Creditors have better memories than debtors . God heals , and the Doctor takes
the Fees . The greatest monarch on the proudest throne , is oblig'd to sit upon his
own arse . The nearest way to come at glory , is to do that for conscience which ...
He eventually concluded that though he never " arrived at the perfection I had
been so ambitious of obtaining , but fell far short of it , yet I was , by the
endeavour , a better and a happier man than 1 otherwise should have been if I
had not ...
... that may, perhaps, appear uncommon in many things, as well as to points of
learning that are more remote and unusual: that the whole tendency of my design
may the more easily be perceived, the conclusions better descend, and the force