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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, outstanding read for home or school!
This book is fun to read and an excellent source of classic Americana. Ravitch's selections reflect the pulse of the nation. It contains a rich selection of poetry, essays, speeches, folk songs that map the American experience. It offers insight into who we are as Americans and how we got there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average reference book
The book has good sources and the introduction to each quote is both brief, yet gives excellent detail. The quotes are also span well over American history. Though the book would be better subtitled as the "Words that moved the Author" since they seem to reflect more of a narrow ideology, than a broad expanse of American culture. It is an excellent souce...
Published on 10 Jun 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, outstanding read for home or school!, 2 Jan 1999
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This book is fun to read and an excellent source of classic Americana. Ravitch's selections reflect the pulse of the nation. It contains a rich selection of poetry, essays, speeches, folk songs that map the American experience. It offers insight into who we are as Americans and how we got there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average reference book, 10 Jun 1999
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The book has good sources and the introduction to each quote is both brief, yet gives excellent detail. The quotes are also span well over American history. Though the book would be better subtitled as the "Words that moved the Author" since they seem to reflect more of a narrow ideology, than a broad expanse of American culture. It is an excellent souce for minority or romantic quotes, yet completely lacks any military nor religious experience. When one sees two good Emerson quotes, but totally ignore the anti-slavery work of Finney, nor care of orphans of DL Moody, nor the quotes of living greats like Billy Graham; it seems that the work is too shaded to a personal belief rather than a cross section of American heritage.
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The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation by Diane Ravitch (Paperback - Aug 2000)
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