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 noblest question in the world is , What Good may I do in it ? If you wou'd not
be forgotten As soon as you are dead and rotten , Either write things worth
reading , or do things worth the writing . Sell not virtue to purchase wealth , nor
... administration provoke them to cry out and complain , and then make that very
complaint the foundation for new oppressions and prosecutions . I wish I could
say there were no instances of this kind . But , to conclude , the question before ...
Otis's career ended suddenly in 1769 , when a blow to his head by a British
officer left him insane . ay it please your honors , I was desired by one of the court
to I look into the books , and consider the question now before them concerning
The only question is whether it is a public emolument ; and if it is , the rich ought
undoubtedly to contribute , in the same proportion as to all other public burdens
— that is , in proportion to their wealth , which is secured by public expenses .