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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We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have
conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations,
which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too
As to government matters, it is not in the power of Britain to do this continent
justice: the business of it will soon be too weighty and intricate to be managed
with any tolerable degree of convenience, by a power so distant from us, and so
The social compact would dissolve , and justice be extirpated from the earth , or
have only a casual existence , were we callous to the touches of affection . The
robber and the murderer would often escape unpunished , did not the injuries ...
It is the madness of folly , to expect mercy from those who have refused to do
justice ; and even mercy , where conquest is the object , is only a trick of war ; the
cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf ; and we ought to ...