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The American reader : words that moved a nation

Author: Diane Ravitch
Publisher: New York, NY : Perennial, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. 2nd edView all editions and formats
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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 readablility 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 witings that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Ravitch
ISBN: 0062737333 9780062737335
OCLC Number: 43798534
Description: xxiii, 629 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The Mayflower Compact --
The Landing / William Bradford --
Poor Richard's Almanack / Benjamin Franklin --
List of Virtues / Benjamin Franklin --
Defense of Freedom of the Press / Andrew Hamilton --
A Demand to Limit Search and Seizure / James Otis --
Yankee Doodle --
Liberty and Knowledge / John Adams --
The Liberty Song / John Dickinson --
Chief Logan's Lament --
The Slaves' Appeal to the Royal Governor of Massachusetts --
Speech to the Second Virginia Convention / Patrick Henry --
The Declaration of Independence / Thomas Jefferson --
A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia / Thomas Jefferson --
Common Sense / Thomas Paine --
The American Crisis / Thomas Paine --
Liberty Tree / Thomas Paine --
Correspondence with John / Abigail Adams --
Letters from an American Farmer / J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur --
The Federalist, No. 1 / Alexander Hamilton --
Farewell Address / George Washington --
Hail, Columbia / Joseph Hopkinson --
First Inaugural Address / Thomas Jefferson --
The Star-Spangled Banner / Francis Scott Key --
The Old Oaken Bucket / Samuel Woodworth --
Home, Sweet Home / John Howard Payne --
A Visit from St. Nicholas / Clement Clarke Moore --
The Meaning of Patriotism in America / Frances Wright --
Against Nullification / Daniel Webster --
Woodman, Spare That Tree / George Perkins Morris --
The Height of the Ridiculous / Oliver Wendell Holmes --
Old Ironsides / Oliver Wendell Holmes --
America / Samuel F. Smith --
Concord Hymn / Ralph Waldo Emerson --
Self-Reliance / Ralph Waldo Emerson --
On Top of Old Smoky --
Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean --
The Raven / Edgar Allan Poe --
A Psalm of Life / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow --
The Village Blacksmith / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow --
Paul Revere's Ride / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow --
Civil Disobedience / Henry David Thoreau --
Walden / Henry David Thoreau --
The Barefoot Boy / John Greenleaf Whittier --
Against the Mexican War / Thomas Corwin --
The Case for Pubic Schools / Horace Mann --
Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions --
Address to the Ohio Women's Rights Convention / Sojourner Truth --
Oh! Susanna / Stephen Foster --
Old Folks at Home / Stephen Foster --
Address to the Legislature of New York on Women's Rights / Elizabeth Cady Stanton --
A Disappointed Woman / Lucy Stone --
Success / Emily Dickinson --
Walker's Appeal / David Walker --
Prospectus for The Liberator / William Lloyd Garrison --
Stanzas for the Times / John Greenleaf Whittier --
Predjudice Against the Colored Man / Theodore S. Wright --
Bearing Witness Against Slavery / Angelina Grimke --
An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America / Henry Highland Garnet --
The Present Crisis / James Russell Lowell --
Independence Day Speech at Rochester / Frederick Douglass --
The House Divided Speech / Abraham Lincoln --
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates --
Last Statement to the Court / John Brown --
The Cooper Union Speech / Abraham Lincoln --
Go Down, Moses --
Dixie / Daniel Decatur Emmett --
First Inaugural Address / Abraham Lincoln --
The Bonnie Blue Flag / Harry MacArthy --
Maryland, My Maryland / James Ryder Randall --
Battle Cry of Freedom / George F. Root --
The John Brown Song --
Battle Hymn of the Republic / Julia Ward Howe --
Barbara Frietchie / John Greenleaf Whittier --
The Gettysburg Address / Abraham Lincoln --
Second Inaugural Address / Abraham Lincoln --
I Hear America Singing / Walt Whitman --
O Captain! My Captain! / Walt Whitman --
Speech to the American Anti-Slavery Society / Frederick Douglass --
The Blue and the Gray / Francis Miles Finch --
Women's Right to Vote / Susan B. Anthony --
The Ballad of John Henry --
Home on the Range --
I've Been Working on the Railroad --
A Century of Dishonor / Helen Hunt Jackson --
Speech at the National Convention of Colored Men / Frederick Douglass --
The New Colossus / Emma Lazarus --
Clementine --
Casey at the Bat / Ernest Lawrence Thayer --
When the Frost Is on the Punkin / James Whitcomb Riley --
When de Co'n Pone's Hot / Paul Laurence Dunbar --
What Does the Working Man Want? / Samuel Gompers --
The Pledge of Allegiance --
The Mountains of California / John Muir --
Solitude / Ella Wheeler Wilcox --
America the Beautiful / Katharine Lee Bates --
Little Boy Blue / Eugene Field --
The Atlanta Exposition Address / Booker T. Washington --
Reply to Booker T. Washington / John Hope --
Dissent from Plessy v. Ferguson / John Marshall Harlan --
In Praise of the Strenuous Life / Theodore Roosevelt --
Against Imperialism / George Frisbie Hoar --
No / Jose De Diego --
The Solitude of Self / Elizabeth Cady Stanton --
Women and Economics / Charlotte Perkins Gilman --
The Man with the Hoe / Edwin Markham --
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing / James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson --
Should Higher Education for Women Differ? / M. Carey Thomas --
The Battle with the Slum / Jacob A. Riis --
Prejudice Against Women / Carrie Chapman Catt --
The Talented Tenth / W.E.B. Du Bois --
Advice to a Black Schoolgril / W.E.B. De Bois --
The Niagara Movement Declaration of Principles --
Take Me Out to the Ball Game / Albert von Tilzer and Jack Norworth --
The Preacher and the Slave / Joe Hill --
Trees / Joyce Kilmer --
The New Freedom / Woodrow Wilson --
Protest to President Wilson / William Monroe Trotter --
Statement of Principles / Calvin Coolidge --
Anne Rutledge / Edgar Lee Masters --
Mending Wall / Robert Frost --
The Road Not Taken / Robert Frost --
Fire and Ice / Robert Frost --
Evolution / Alice Duer Miller --
Chicago / Carl Sandburg --
Solidarity Forever / Ralph Chaplin --
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight / Vachel Lindsay --
The Leaden-Eyed / Vachel Lindsay --
I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier / Alfred Bryan and Al Piantadosi --
I Have a Rendezvous with Death / Alan Seeger --
War Message to Congress / Woodrow Wilson --
Against Entry into the War / George Norris --
Over There / George M. Cohan --
Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning / Irving Berlin --
The Marines' Hymn --
The Field Artillery Song / Edmund L. Gruber --
Grass / Carl Sandburg --
Statement to the Court / Eugene Victor Debs --
The Right to One's Body / Margaret Sanger --
First Fig / Edna St. Vincent Millay --
Poems of Angel Island --
A Korean Discovers New York / Younghill Kang --
American Names / Stephen Vincent Benet --
America / Claude McKay --
Yet Do I Marvel / Countee Cullen --
O Black and Unknown Bards / James Weldon Johnson --
The Negro Speaks of Rivers / Langston Hughes --
I, Too / Langston Hughes --
The America System of Self-Government / Herbert Hoover --
Happy Days Are Here Again / Milton Ager and Jack Yellen --
First Inaugural Address / Franklin Delano Roosevelt --
Second Inaugural Address / Franklin Delano Roosevelt --
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? / E.Y. Harburg and Jay Gorney --
Union Maid / Woody Guthrie --
So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust) / Woody Guthrie --
Which Side Are You On? / Florence Reece --
I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night / Alfred Hayes --
FDR at the DAR / Franklin Delano Roosevelt --
God Bless America / Irving Berlin --
This Is the Army, Mr. Jones / Irving Berlin --
This Land Is Your Land / Woody Guthrie --
Freedom / E.B. White --
High Flight / John Gillespie Magee, Jr. --
Anchors Aweigh / Charles A. Zimmerman --
The Four Freedoms / Franklin Delano Roosevelt --
War Message to Congress / Franklin Delano Roosevelt --
Poems of the Issei --
The Army Air Corps / Robert Crawford --
Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition / Frank Loesser --
The Spirit of Liberty / Learned Hand --
Elegy for a Dead Soldier / Karl Shapiro --
The Baruch Plan for Control of Atomic Energy / Bernard Baruch --
Confirmation Hearings / David Lilienthal --
A Plea for Civil Rights / Hubert Humphrey --
Inaugural Address / Harry S. Truman --
Declaration of Conscience / Margaret Chase Smith --
Nobel Acceptance Speech / William Faulkner --
The Silent Generation / Louis Simpson --
Refugee in America / Langston Hughes --
Harlem / Langston Hughes --
Brown v. Board of Eduction --
Farewell Address / Dwight D. Eisenhower --
It Could Be a Wonderful World / Hy Zaret and Lou Singer --
Duty, Honor, Country / Douglas MaCarthur --
Inaugural Address / John F. Kennedy. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? / Pete Seeger --
Address to the Broadcasting Industry / Newton Minow --
The Port Huron Statement / Tom Hayden --
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream / Ed McCurdy --
Silent Spring / Rachel Carson --
Letter from Birmingham City Jail / Martin Luther King, Jr. --
Speech at the Berlin Wall / John F. Kennedy --
The March on Washington / Martin Luther King, Jr. --
We Shall Overcome --
O Freedom --
If I Had a Hammer / Lee Hayes and Pete Seeger --
Blowin' in the Wind / Bob Dylan --
Ballad of Birmingham / Dudley Randall --
The Feminine Mystique / Betty Friedan --
Little Boxes / Malvina Reynolds --
Howard University Address / Lyndon B. Johnson --
On the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. / Robert E. Kennedy --
Stupid America / Abelardo Delgado --
The Wilderness Idea / Wallace Stegner --
Speech at Moscow State University / Ronald Reagan --
The American Idea / Theodore H. White.
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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 readablility 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 witings that illuminate---with wit, eloquence, and sometimes sharp words---significant aspects of the national consciousness. 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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