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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... THOMAS JEFFERSON : The Declaration of Independence 37 THOMAS
JEFFERSON : A Bill for Establishing 42 Religious Freedom in Virginia THOMAS
PAINE : Common Sense 45 THOMAS PAINE : The American Crisis 50 THOMAS
The idea was that the citizens of a society could join freely and agree to govern
themselves by making laws for the common good . On November 11 , 1620 , after
sixty - six days at sea , the sailing ship Mayflower approached land . On board ...
Be not disturbed at trifles , or at accidents common or unavoidable . 12.
CHASTITY . Rarely use venery but for health or offspring , never to dulness ,
weakness , or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation . 13.
HUMILITY . Imitate ...
... and violence to shake off all the limitations of their power , it is the same that
has always stimulated the common people to aspire at independency , and to
endeavor at confining the power of the great within the limits of equity and reason
Humbly Shewing That your Petitioners apprehind we have in common with all
other men a naturel right to our freedoms without Being depriv'd of them by our
fellow men as we are a freeborn Pepel and have never forfeited this Blessing by