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 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 ...
Let the public disputations become researches into the grounds and nature and
ends of government , and the means of preserving the good and demolishing the
evil . Let the dialogues , and all the exercises , become the instruments of ...
... climate , and other circumstances of America , which occasions animal nature
to degenerate , not excepting even the man , native or adoptive , physical or
moral " Jefferson offered Logan's speech as proof of the talents of the aboriginals
Sir , we are not weak , if we make a proper use of the means which the God of
nature hath placed in our power . Three millions of people , armed in the holy
cause of liberty , and in such a country as that which we possess , are invincible
... He has waged cruel war against human nature itself , violating its most sacred
rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him
, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere , or to incur ...