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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A prominent educator wrote to say that he received it as a Christmas present and
kept it at his bedside, reading a different selection every night; he claimed that
like potato chips, “You can't stop with just one.” In choosing the contents, I was ...
John Adams, then a young man of twenty-five, attended the proceedings and
later wrote that Otis was "a flame of fire!... American independence was there and
then born; the seeds of patriots and heroes were then and there sown. Then and
He was also a member of the committee with Thomas Jefferson that wrote the
Declaration of Independence. Adams was the first vice-president of the United
States and was then elected president (1797–1801); he was defeated for the ...
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) wrote the first draft of the Declaration of
Independence as a member of a committee that included John Adams and
Benjamin Franklin. The Continental Congress made significant changes in
Jefferson's draft, ...
The epitaph that Jefferson wrote for his tombstone reads: "Here was buried
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American independence, of the
statute of Virginia for religious freedom, and father of the University of Virginia"