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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Certainly millions of young Americans memorized “ Shoot , if you must , this old
gray head / But spare your country's flag , ' she said , ” from “ Barbara Frietchie . ”
Or declaimed with pride the sonorous lines from Emma Lazarus's “ The New ...
In an age like this, it is daunting to find entries for a book whose purpose is to
identify classic speeches, poems, arguments and songs, the words that became
an enduring part of American culture and that deserve to be recalled, even
His description of the hard life facing the Pilgrims when they first arrived on shore
is a classic of American literature . eing thus arrived in a good harbor and brought
safe to land , Bthey fell upon their knees and blessed the role of them , who ...
Yankee Doodle is the tune Americans delight in , " Twill do to whistle , sing or
play And just the thing for fightin ? JOHN ADAMS LIBERTY AND KNOWLEDGE
Let us dare to read , think , speak , and write . ... Let every sluice of knowledge be
In a word , let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set aflowing JOHN
DICKINSON THE LIBERTY SONG " The Liberty Song " was the first patriotic
American ballad . It was written in 1768 by John Dickinson ( 1732-1808 ) , who
was a ...