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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Words That Moved a Nation Diane Ravitch. 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 . -Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard's Almanac Contents Introduction ...
Words that are learned “by heart” become one's personal treasure, available
when needed. In some curious way, they are committed to “memory” but stored
lovingly in the “heart.” Certain things are a pleasure to memorize, a pleasure that
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
No man e'er was glorious , who was not laborious . All things are easy to Industry
, All things are difficult to Sloth . Would you persuade , speak of Interest , not of
Reason . Teach your child to hold his tongue , he'll learn fast enough to speak .
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 Liberty to purchase power . The ancients tell us what is best ; but we