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.
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-
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 .
Rulers are no more than attorneys , agents , and trustees , for the people ; and if
the cause , the interest and trust , is insidiously betrayed , or wantonly trifled away
, the people have a right to revoke the authority that they themselves have ...
Let us hear the dignity of his nature, and the noble rank he holds among the
works of God—that consenting to slavery is a sacrilegious breach of trust, as
offensive in the sight of God as it is derogatory from our own honor or interest or ...
We have boasted the protection of Great Britain without considering that her
motive was interest, not attachment; and that she did not protect us from our
enemies on our account, but from her enemies on her own account, from those
who had ...