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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Rather than bringing communities together, the popular music of our time seems
calculated to segment people by age and race. The poetry of recent years is not
as alienating as popular music but I have found no entry that can justly stand ...
cowardice and submission, the sad choice of 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 ...
JOHN DE CREVECOEUR Y LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN FARMER Here
individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labours and
posterity will one day cause great changes in the world. In 1782, a French-