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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Bradford was elected governor of Plymouth Colony in 1621 and was reelected to
that office almost every year from 1622 to 1656. He began writing the History of
Plimouth Plantation in 1630 and completed it in 1651. His description of the hard
... elected to the legislature of Massachusetts and was chosen as speaker of the
house in 1766 ; however , the royal governor of the province blocked his
selection as speaker . For years , his speeches and writings circulated widely
... with Thomas Jefferson that wrote the Declaration of Independence . Adams
was the first vice - president of the United States and was then elected president (
1797-1801 ) ; he was defeated for the presidency in 1800 by Thomas Jefferson .
... in Virginia, he was one of colonial Virginia's most successful lawyers, noted for
his quick wit and his oratorical skills. Elected to the Virginia legislature in 1763 ,
he became an outspoken advocate of the Colonial Days and the Revolution k 33.
He was twice elected governor of Virginia , and served as America's ambassador
to France . When he ran for president in 1800 , he and Aaron Burr received equal
numbers of electoral votes , and the House of Representatives chose Jefferson ...