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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The popular songs of recent years have short lives; they were written mainly for
teenagers, with lyrics that are neither important nor memorable. Indeed, the lyrics
of some popular music appear to be intended to offend or degrade some group ...
I surely hope so, as they are far more pleasant and userfriendly than a blinking
screen. It is true that some people—and what appears to be growing numbers of
young people, schooled to appreciate only what is contemporary—live entirely in
and opportunities, but from all those experiences that allow us to reflect on the
significance of our lives. ... power of persuasion is a necessary ingredient of
social change, but it is also a necessary ingredient of the traditions by which we
... lives upon Hope , dies farting . Do not do that which you would not have known
. Wealth is not his that has it , but his that enjoys it . Now I've a sheep and a cow ,
every body 8 * The American Reader.
Work as if you were to live 100 years , Pray as if you were to die To - morrow .
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LIST OF VIRTUES Benjamin Franklin started writing his
autobiography in 1771 and continued it until just before his death in 1790. In it ,