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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... consenting to slavery is a sacrilegious breach of trust, as offensive in the sight
of God as it is derogatory from our own honor or interest or happiness—and that
God Almighty has promulgated from heaven liberty, peace, and goodwill to man!
... Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . Thomas Jefferson ( 1743-1826 ) wrote
the first draft of the Declaration of Independence as a member of a committee that
included John Adams and Benjamin Franklin . The Continental Congress made ...
We hold these truths to be self - evident , that all men are created equal , that they
are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights , that among these
are Life , Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . — That to secure these rights ...
I have heard it asserted by some , that as America hath flourished under her
former connection with Great Britain , the same connection is necessary towards
her future happiness , and will always have the same effect . Nothing can be
Regard us then as Beings placed by providence under your protection and in
immitation of the Supreem Being make use of that power only for our happiness .
JOHN TO ABIGAIL . . . As to your extraordinary 56 * The American Reader.