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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... of a verbal culture are passť now that advanced technology defines our means
of communications. Of course, this is fairly ridiculous because even advanced
telecommunications requires letters and words to transmit messages and ideas.
It is agreed upon by all men that this is a reign of liberty , and while men keep
within the bounds of truth , I hope they may with safety both speak and write their
sentiments of the conduct of men of power ; I mean of that part of their conduct
This brings to my mind that saying of the immortal Brutus , when he looked upon
the creatures of Caesar , who were very great men , but by no means good men :
“ You Romans , ” said Brutus , “ if yet I may call you so , consider what you are ...
Man has certainly an exalted soul ; and the same principle in human nature —
that aspiring , noble principle founded in benevolence , and cherished by
knowledge ; I mean the love of power , which has been so often the cause of
feasible , divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge ; I mean
, of the characters and conduct of their ... And the preservation of the means of
knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all