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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Certainly millions of young Americans memorized “ Shoot , if you must , this old
gray head / But spare your country's flag , ' she said , ” from “ Barbara Frietchie . ”
Or declaimed with pride the sonorous lines from Emma Lazarus's “ The New ...
Three millions of people , armed in the holy cause of liberty , and in such a
country as that which we possess , are invincible by any force which our enemy
can send against us . Besides , sir , we shall not fight our battles alone . There is
a just ...
In a chariot of light from the regions of day , The Goddess of Liberty came ; Ten
thousand celestials directed the way , And thither conducted the dame , This fair
budding branch , from the garden above , Where millions with millions agree ;