The American Reader

Author: Diane Ravitch
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006203510X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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 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.

Ella Minnow Pea

Author: Mark Dunn
Publisher: MP Publishing
ISBN: 1596929995
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An epistolary novel set on a fictional island off the South Carolina coastline, 'Ella Minnow Pea' brings readers to the hometown of Nevin Nollop, inventor of the pangram 'The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog'. Deified for his achievement in life, Nevin has been honored in death with a monument featuring his famous phrase. One day, however, the letter 'Z' falls from the monument, and some of the islanders interpret the missing tile as a message from beyond the grave. The letter 'Z' is banned from use. On an island where the residents pride them-selves on their love of language, this is seen as a tragedy. They are still reeling from the shock when another tile falls. And then another... In his charming debut, first published in 2001, Mark Dunn took readers on a journey through the eyes of Ella Minnow Pea, a young woman forced to create another clever turn of phrase in order to save the islanders’ beloved language.

The World of Words

Author: Margaret Ann Richek
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1133586848
Format: PDF, ePub
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The World of Words not only teaches students the vocabulary they need for academic success, but also arms them with the skills they need to acquire new words independently for years to come. Through repetition and a focus on integrating three critical skills - dictionary use, context clues, and word elements - this best-selling text inspires students to take the first steps towards a lifetime of learning about language. Online audio clips help students hone pronunciation, and in-text practice exercises and sample sentences feature engaging topics such as college sports, current news topics, and pop culture. In addition, there is a wealth of instructor support materials, including pre-written tests for every chapter. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

In Our Own Words

Author: Senator Robert Torricelli
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743410521
Format: PDF
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Presents a collection of oratory including sermons, speeches, courtroom arguments, radio broadcasts, eulogies, and commencement addresses.

Lincoln at Gettysburg

Author: Garry Wills
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439126453
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The power of words has rarely been given a more compelling demonstration than in the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln was asked to memorialize the gruesome battle. Instead, he gave the whole nation "a new birth of freedom" in the space of a mere 272 words. His entire life and previous training, and his deep political experience went into this, his revolutionary masterpiece. By examining both the address and Lincoln in their historical moment and cultural frame, Wills breathes new life into words we thought we knew, and reveals much about a president so mythologized but often misunderstood. Wills shows how Lincoln came to change the world and to effect an intellectual revolution, how his words had to and did complete the work of the guns, and how Lincoln wove a spell that has not yet been broken.

Founding Gardeners

Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307390683
Format: PDF, ePub
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The award-winning author of The Brother Gardeners presents a tour of the lives of the founding fathers from their perspectives as gardeners, farmers and plantsmen, revealing how a shared passion for agriculture shaped their beliefs and decisions. Reprint.

The Democracy Reader

Author: Diane Ravitch
Publisher: Perennial
ISBN: 9780062720351
Format: PDF, ePub
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Classic and modern speeches, essays, poems, declarations, and documents on freedom and human rights worldwide.-Subtitle.

The End of the Suburbs

Author: Leigh Gallagher
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1591846978
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A Fortune journalist examines why suburbs are transforming and losing their appeal in society-improving ways, citing such factors as shrinking birth and marriage rates, environment-driven preferences for smaller homes and a renaissance in urbanized housing that promotes healthier lifestyles.

Woodrow Wilson

Author: H. W. Brands
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429997409
Format: PDF
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A comprehensive account of the rise and fall of one of the major shapers of American foreign policy On the eve of his inauguration as President, Woodrow Wilson commented, "It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs." As America was drawn into the Great War in Europe, Wilson used his scholarship, his principles, and the political savvy of his advisers to overcome his ignorance of world affairs and lead the country out of isolationism. The product of his efforts—his vision of the United States as a nation uniquely suited for moral leadership by virtue of its democratic tradition—is a view of foreign policy that is still in place today. Acclaimed historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands offers a clear, well-informed, and timely account of Wilson's unusual route to the White House, his campaign against corporate interests, his struggles with rivals at home and allies abroad, and his decline in popularity and health following the rejection by Congress of his League of Nations. Wilson emerges as a fascinating man of great oratorical power, depth of thought, and purity of intention.