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.
Gentlemen may cry peace , peace — but there is no peace . The war is actually
begun ! The next gale that sweeps from the North will bring to our ears the clash
of resounding arms ! Our brethren are already in the field ! Why stand we here
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 Colonial Days and the Revolution * 39.
We must , therefore , acquiesce in the necessity , which denounces our
Separation , and hold them , as we hold the rest of mankind , Enemies in War , in
Peace Friends.We , therefore , the Representatives of the united States of
America , in ...
... or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or suffer
from his own ; that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government
for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace
Let Britain waive her pretensions to the continent , or the continent throw off the
dependence , and we should be at peace with France and Spain were they at
war with Britain . ... But Britain is the parent country , say some . Then the more ...