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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I sincerely believe that were some persons to go through the streets of New York
nowadays and read a part of the ... Or if some person should publicly repeat, in a
manner not pleasing to his betters, the tenth and the eleventh verses of the ...
I say I admit that special writs of assistance, to search special places, may be
granted to certain persons on oath; but I deny ... In the third place, a person with
this writ, in the daytime, may enter all houses, shops, etc., at will, and command
all to ...
But to show another absurdity in this writ , if it should be established , I insist upon
it that every person , by the 14th of Charles II , has this power as well as the
custom - house officers . The words are : “ It shall be lawful for any person or
... safe for any person to communicate his thoughts to the public . ... Let us dare to
read , think , speak , and write . Let every order and degree among the people
rouse their attention and animate their resolution . Let them all become attentive