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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But at the present time , I am unable to identify any contemporary poems that are
known and loved by large numbers of ordinary Americans . With few exceptions ,
the political speeches of the recent past seem to me to be singularly devoid of ...
This is an age of disposable ideas, of politics-asentertainment, of a popular
culture that celebrates violence and sensationalism and that is made for the
instant, not for the ages. In an age like this, it is daunting to find entries for a book
... most of the hired manservants aboard the Mayflower . It was signed both by
separatists and non - separatists . Women were not asked to sign , since they did
not have political rights . On the day after Christmas , the 102 settlers
Then and there was the first scene of the first act of opposition to the arbitrary
claims of Great Britain . " Although Otis lost the case , the British government
withdrew the writs of assistance . Otis became a leading political activist after
Adams became active in colonial politics in 1765 , when he published articles in
the Boston Gazette denouncing the Stamp Act . These articles ... His willingness
to defend an unpopular position was not an obstacle to his political career .