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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The principles embodied in the declaration have resounded throughout the world
in all the years since 1776. American reformers , whatever their cause - whether
for abolition of slavery , for barring racial segregation , for advancing the rights ...
... —That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends ,
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it , and to institute new
Government , laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers
in such ...
... unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him
injudiciously of those privileges and advantages to which, in common with his
fellow citizens, he has a natural right; that it tends also to corrupt the principles of
... that the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its
jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of
opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition
Tis the business of little minds to shrink ; but he whose heart is firm , and whose
conscience approves his conduct , will pursue his principles unto death . My own
line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light . Not all the ...