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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It is the good fortune of many to live distant from the scene of present sorrow; the
evil is not sufficiently brought to their doors to make them feel the precariousness
with which all American property is possessed. But let our imaginations ...
Let them call me rebel, and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer
the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to
one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man ...
He must greatly rejoice that he lived at a time to see this fair country discovered
and settled; he must necessarily feel a share of national pride, when he views the
chain of settlements which embellishes these extended shores. When he says to