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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... seldom speak without reference to focus groups or pollsters to learn what
people want to hear ; fearful of making a mistake , they use talking points or a text
prepared by consultants and writers. Pollsters tell us what we think Introduction *
Pollsters tell us what we think before we have had a chance to make up our
minds; marketing experts divine what we want before we have lost interest in
what we already have. This is an age of disposable ideas, of politics-
The ancients tell us what is best ; but we must learn of the moderns what is fittest .
Drive thy Business , let not that drive thee . Each year one vicious habit rooted out
, In time might make the worst Man good throughout . Wink at small faults ...
I can't tell you half I saw , They kept up such a smother , So I took my hat off ,
made a bow And scampered home to mother . Yankee Doodle is the tune
Americans delight in , " Twill do to whistle , sing or play And just the thing for
... and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious
object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight!
An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us! They tell us , sir ,