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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Let them all become attentive to the grounds and principles of government ,
ecclesiastical and civil . Let us study the law of nature ; search into the spirit of the
British Constitution ; read the histories of ancient ages ; contemplate the great ...
Recollect the civil and religious principles and hopes and expectations which
constantly supported and carried them through all hardships with patience and
resignation. Let us recollect it was liberty, the hope of liberty for themselves and
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of
our legislatures.—He has affected to render the Military independent of and
superior to the Civil power—He has combined Colonial Days and the Revolution
tary independent of and superior to the Civil power—He has combined with
others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and
unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended
remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to
influence it by temporal punishments, or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend
only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the
plan of ...