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A patriot's handbook : songs, poems, stories, and speeches celebrating the land we love  Cover Image Book Book

A patriot's handbook : songs, poems, stories, and speeches celebrating the land we love

Kennedy, Caroline, 1957- (Added Author).

Summary: From Publishers Weekly: The rich and sometimes discordant strains of American self-scrutiny fill this wide-ranging anthology. Kennedy (The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) arranges the more than 200 selections according to themes like "The Flag," "Freedom of Speech," "Work, Opportunity and Invention" and "The Individual," and devotes equal space to the official, the devotional and the oppositional. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are reprinted in full, along with a large selection of presidential inaugurals and farewells and excerpts from landmark Supreme Court decisions. Popular songs include "Yankee Doodle," "This Land Is Your Land" and "Surfin' U.S.A." Poems and fiction from such luminaries as Whitman, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Stephen Crane, Alice Walker and Annie Proulx explore the variegated textures of American life. The dissident voices of Thoreau, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass hold America to account for its injustice; H.L. Mencken castigates it as "a commonwealth of third-rate men"; and Oscar Wilde raises a sardonic eyebrow at the whole dubious enterprise. Combining traditional touchstones of Americanism with many insightful surprises, Kennedy's thoughtful arrangement of works of historical significance and literary quality will reward both casual browsers and those conducting a more focused investigation of the nation's patriotic literature.

Item details

  • ISBN: 0786869186
  • ISBN: 9780786869183
  • Physical Description: print
    xxiii, 663 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Hyperion, ©2003.
  • Badges:
    • Most Copies: 4 / 5.0

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The flag : The star-spangled banner/ Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith, 1814 ; The pledge of allegiance, 1892 ; The battle cry of freedom / George Frederick Root, c. 1861 ; The flag goes by / Henry Holcomb Bennett, c. 1900 ; You're a grand old flag / George M. Cohan, 1906 ; West Virginia state board of education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943) ; Flags / Gwendolyn Brooks, 1944 ; The Mike Christian story / John McCain, 1971 ; Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989) ; U.S. blues / Grateful Dead, 1973 ; God bless the USA / Lee Greenwood, 1984 -- Visions of America : A model of Christian charity / John Winthrop, 1630 ; Farewell address, September 19, 1796 / George Washington ; First inaugural address, March 4, 1801 / Thomas Jefferson ; Dedication of the Bunker Hill monument, June 17, 1825 / Daniel Webster ; The ship of state / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1849 ; The strenuous life, April 10, 1899 / Theodore Roosevelt ; Let America be America again / Langston Hughes, 1936 ; Second inaugural address, January 20, 1937 / Franklin Delano Roosevelt ; Inaugural address, January 20, 1961 / John F. Kennedy ; The times they are a-changin' / Bob Dylan, c. 1963 ; First words spoken by a man on the moon, July 20, 1969 ; Farewell address, January 11, 1989 / Ronald Reagan -- Portraits of Americans : Yankee Doodle, 1755 ; Letters from an American farmer / J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, 1782 ; Democracy in America / Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835 ; Democracy / Henry Adams, 1880 ; The picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar Wilde, 1891 ; Dangers of the dress suit in politics / George Washington Plunkitt, 1905 ; Take me out to the ball game / Albert Von Tilzer and Jack Norworth, 1908 ; On being an American / H.L. Mencken, 1922 ; As regards patriotism / Mark Twain, c. 1900 ; I like Americans / Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1924 ; The great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925 ; American names / Stephen Vincent Benét, 1927 ; The 42nd parallel / John Dos Passos, 1930 ; You're the top / Cole Porter, 1934 ; The story of a novel / Thomas Wolfe, 1936 ; Hollywood / Truman Capote, 1950 ; The last gentleman / Walker Percy, 1966 ; How to tame a wild tongue / Gloria Anzaldúa, 1987 ; A country and a conundrum / Anna Quindlen, 2002 -- Rule Of law : The Constitution of the United States, 1787 ; The Constitutional Convention, speech at the conclusion of its deliberations, September 17, 1787 / Benjamin Franklin ; Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803) ; Civil disobedience / Henry David Thoreau, 1849 ; First inaugural address, March 4, 1861 / Abraham Lincoln ; The United States of America v. Susan B Anthony, 1873 ; To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee, 1960 ; Letter from Birmingham city jail, April 16, 1963 / Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Special message to the Congress: the American promise, March 15, 1965 / Lyndon B. Johnson ; Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 U.S. 145 (1968) ; Opening statement to the House judiciary committee, proceedings on impeachment of Richard Nixon, July 25, 1974 / Barbara Jordan ; Remarks on taking the oath of office, August 9, 1974 / Gerald R. Ford ; Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000).
Restrictions on Access Note:
Available for distribution in: CANADA, USA.
Subject: United States Literary collections
Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Patriotism Literary collections
Patriotism United States
Patriotic poetry, American
American literature
United States
Patriotism United States
Patriotism Literary collections
American literature
Patriotic poetry, American
Patriotism
Speeches, addresses, etc., American
United States
United States Literary collections
American speeches
Patriotism Literary collections
Patriotism United States
Patriotic poetry
American poetry
American literature
United States
UNITED STATES
Speeches, addresses, etc., American
American literature
United States
Genre: Literature.
Literary collections.
Literature.

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