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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It can never lose its sense of a meaning that once unfolded by surprise as it went.
” I looked for entries that almost everyone once seemed to know or still does
know, words that have resonated in the national consciousness, words that have
Blessed is he that expects nothing , for he shall never be disappointed . If thou
injurest Conscience , it will have its Revenge on thee . Hear no ill of a Friend , nor
speak any of an Enemy . Pay what you owe , and you'll know what's your own .
Little Strokes , Fell great Oaks What signifies knowing the Names , if you know
not the Nature of Things . Glass , China , and Reputation , are easily crack'd , and
never well mended . The Golden Age never was the present Age . Old Boys have
He asserted " that Europe had never produced anything superior to this morsel of
eloquence . " Logan's speech was a regular feature in school reading books of
the nineteenth century , and was familiar to generations of American youngsters .
Logan never felt fear . He will not turn on his heel to save his life . Who is there to
mourn for Logan ? —Not one . THE SLAVES ' APPEAL TO THE ROYAL
GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS We are a freeborn Pepel and have never