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 poetry of recent years is not as alienating as popular music but I have found
no entry that can justly stand alongside the writings of John Greenleaf Whittier,
Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Robert Frost. American schools used to
But hear I cannot but stay and make a pause , and stand half amased at this
poore peoples presente condition ; and so I thinke will the reader too , when he
well considers the same . Being thus passed the vast ocean , and a sea of
For summer being done , all things stand upon them with a wetherbeaten face ;
and the whole countrie , full of woods and thickets , represented a wild and
savage heiw . If they looked behind them , ther was the mighty ocean which they
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 . People quickly took up the song's credo : “ By uniting we stand
, by ...
Then join hand in hand brave Americans all , By uniting we stand , by dividing we
fall ; In so Righteous a cause let us hope to succeed , For Heaven approves of
each generous deed . All ages shall speak with amaze and applause , Of the ...