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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Humbly Shewing That your Petitioners apprehind we have in common with all
other men a naturel right to our freedoms without Being depriv'd of them by our
fellow men as we are a freeborn Pepel and have never forfeited this Blessing by
Neither can we reap an equal benefet from the laws of the Land which doth not
justifi but condemns Slavery or if there had bin aney Law to hold us in Bondage
we are Humbely of the Opinion ther never was aney to inslave our children for life
... contending—if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we
have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to
abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight!
As Europe is our market for trade , we ought to form no partial connection with
any part of it . ' Tis the true interest of America to steer clear of European
contentions , which she never can do while by · her dependence on Britain she is
made the ...
To say they will never attempt it again is idle and visionary; we thought so as the
repeal of the stamp act, yet a year or two undeceived us; as well may we suppose
that nations which have been once defeated will never renew the quarrel.