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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The popular songs of recent years have short lives; they were written mainly for
teenagers, with lyrics that are neither important nor memorable. Indeed, the lyrics
of some popular music appear to be intended to offend or degrade some group ...
Perhaps in another generation , another editor will find poetry that has the same
popular appeal , the same emotional connection with readers . But at the present
time , I am unable to identify any contemporary poems that are known and loved
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
They were immensely popular among the colonists ; typically they contained
calendars , weather predictions , advice , recipes , and much other useful
knowledge . Poor Richard's proverbs , adages , and maxims were sometimes
Dickinson College in Carlisle , Pennsylvania , was named for him . " The Liberty
Song " was wildly popular in the colonies . It was sung virtually everywhere - on
public occasions and often just to annoy the British and their American friends .