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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We tend now to turn to social scientists rather than poets and songwriters to
express and understand our concerns, and they tend not to write in literary style.
Songs were once shared by children, parents, grandparents, and entire
The words here collected reveal an integral part of the dynamic of American life.
In a democratic society, the power of persuasion is a necessary ingredient of
social change, but it is also a necessary ingredient of the traditions by which we
The social compact would dissolve, and justice be extirpated from the earth, or
have only a casual existence, were we callous to the touches of affection. The
robber and the murderer would often escape unpunished, did not the injuries