The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
Harper Collins, 2000年9月5日 - 656 頁
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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Father and I went down to camp, Along with Captain Gooding, And there we saw
the men and boys As thickashasty pudding. And there we saw a thousand men,
As rich as Squire David; And what they wasted every day, I wish it could be ...
And made a noise like father's gun, Only a nation louder. I can't tell you half I saw,
They kept up such a smother, So I took my hat off, made a bow And scampered
home to mother. Yankee Doodle is the tune Americans delight in, 'Twill do to ...
... a variety of evils—a ravaged country—a depopulated city—habitations without
safety, and slavery without hope—our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-
houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall