A Patriot's Handbook Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love

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Pub. Date: 2003-05-07
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When John F. Kennedy called America "the land we love" more than forty years ago, he was reminding us of the lofty ideals on which our country was founded. But what are those ideals, and how have Americans defined them? Is America the land of George Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who rallied the country's spirits for unity in wartime, or is it a land of dissent, a land in which Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King Jr. remind us of our duty to protect our most fundamental freedoms? Are we defined by the speeches of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan, or by the humor of H. L. Mencken and Mark Twain?

Author Biography

Garoline Kennedy is the editor of the New York Times bestselling The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Profiles in Courage for Our Time, and the co-author of The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense. She heads the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City Department of Education, and serves as the president of the John F. Kennedy Foundation

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. xxi
The Flag
The Star-Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith, 1814p. 5
The Pledge of Allegiance, 1892p. 7
The Battle Cry of Freedom, George Frederick Root, c. 1861p. 8
The Flag Goes By, Henry Holcomb Bennett, c. 1900p. 9
You're a Grand Old Flag, George M. Cohan, 1906p. 10
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnett, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)p. 11
Flags, Gwendolyn Brooks, 1944p. 15
The Mike Christian Story, John McCain, 1971p. 16
Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989)p. 18
U.S. Blues, Grateful Dead, 1973p. 21
God Bless the U.S.A., Lee Greenwood, 1984p. 22
Visions of America
John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630p. 32
George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796p. 34
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801p. 41
Daniel Webster, Dedication of the Bunker Hill Monument, June 17, 1825p. 45
The Ship of State, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1849p. 48
Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life, April 10, 1899p. 49
Let America Be America Again, Langston Hughes, July 1936p. 54
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Second Inaugural Address, January 20, 1937p. 57
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961p. 61
The Times They Are A-Changin', Bob Dylan, c. 1963p. 65
First Words Spoken by a Man on the Moon, July 20, 1969p. 67
Ronald Reagan, Farewell Address, January 11, 1989p. 69
Portraits of Americans
Yankee Doodle, 1755p. 76
Letters from an American Farmer; J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, 1782p. 78
Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835p. 79
Democracy, Henry Adams, 1880p. 81
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, 1891p. 83
Dangers of the Dress Suit in Politics, George Washington Plunkitt, 1905p. 85
Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Albert Von Tilzer and Jack Norworth, 1908p. 88
On Being an American, H. L. Mencken, 1922p. 90
As Regards Patriotism, Mark Twain, c. 1900p. 94
I Like Americans, Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1924p. 96
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925p. 98
American Names, Stephen Vincent Benet, 1927p. 100
The 42nd Parallel, John Dos Passos, 1930p. 102
You're the Top, Cole Porter, 1934p. 105
The Story of a Novel, Thomas Wolfe, 1936p. 108
Hollywood, Truman Capote, 1950p. 109
The Last Gentleman, Walker Percy, 1966p. 111
How to Tame a Wild Tongue, Gloria Anzaldua, 1987p. 113
A Country and a Conundrum, Anna Quindlen, 2002p. 116
Rule of Law
The Constitution of the United States, 1787p. 125
Benjamin Franklin, The Constitutional Convention, Speech at the Conclusion of Its Deliberations, September 17, 1787p. 143
Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)p. 145
Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau, 1849p. 147
Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861p. 150
The United States of America v. Susan B. Anthony, 1873p. 157
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960p. 162
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham City Jail, April 16, 1963p. 165
Lyndon B. Johnson, Special Message to the Congress: The American Promise, March 15, 1965p. 170
Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 U.S. 145 (1968)p. 175
Barbara Jordan, Opening Statement to the House Judiciary Committee, Proceedings on Impeachment of Richard Nixon, July 25, 1974p. 178
Gerald R. Ford, Remarks on Taking the Oath of Office, August 9, 1974p. 181
Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000)p. 183
The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, 1776p. 192
But, Mister Adams (from the Broadway musical 1776), Sherman Edwards, 1964p. 197
America, Samuel Francis Smith, 1832p. 200
Frederick Douglass, If I Had a Country, I Should Be a Patriot, September 24, 1847p. 202
Annie Davis, Letter to President Lincoln, August 25, 1864p. 204
Sympathy, Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1893p. 205
Freedom, E. B. White, July 1940p. 206
As freedom is a breakfastfood, E. E. Cummings, 1940p. 211
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, State of the Union Address, January 6, 1941p. 213
Judge Learned Hand, Address at "I Am an American" Day, Central Park, New York, May 21, 1944p. 220
I've Got the Light of Freedom, Pete Seegerp. 222
Ronald Reagan, Address to Students, Moscow State University, May 31, 1988p. 223
Freedom of Speech and of the Press
Andrew Hamilton, Statement at Trial of John Peter Zenger; 1735p. 229
Abrams v. U.S., 250 U.S. 616 (1919)p. 232
Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)p. 236
Margaret Chase Smith, Remarks to the Senate in Support of a Declaration of Conscience, June 1, 1950p. 240
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964)p. 244
Freedom of Religion
Amazing Grace, John Newton, 1779, 1829 (last stanza)p. 251
Chief Red Jacket, Speech Against Missionaries' Efforts to Baptize Members of the Seneca Tribe, 1805p. 254
John F. Kennedy, Speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, September 12, 1960p. 256
Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962)p. 259
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 122 S. Ct. 2460 (2002)p. 264
The Right to be Let Alone
James Otis, Statement Against the Writs of Assistance, Boston, 1761p. 269
Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928)p. 271
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992)p. 275
Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams, March 31, 1776p. 287
John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, April 14, 1776p. 288
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls Convention, 1848p. 289
Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman?, May 1851p. 293
James Weldon Johnson, Lift Every Voice and Sing, 1900p. 294
Jeannette Rankin, Speech in Congress on Women's Rights and Wartime Service, January 10, 1918p. 296
Incident, Countee Cullen, 1925p. 299
Merry-Go-Round, Langston Hughes, 1942p. 301
Can a Woman Ever Be President of the United States?, Eleanor Roosevelt, 1935p. 302
Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)p. 306
The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock, Fall 1957, Gwendolyn Brooks, 1960p. 312
John F. Kennedy, Televised Address to the Nation, June 11, 1963p. 315
Martin Luther King Jr., Address at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963p. 321
Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, 1963p. 325
Fannie Lou Hamer, The Special Plight and the Role of the Black Woman, May 7, 1971p. 328
Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677 (1973)p. 330
Edward M. Kennedy, Statement on Americans with Disabilities Act, May 9, 1989p. 332
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Address to the Fourth UN World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, September 5, 1993p. 336
William Jefferson Clinton, Remarks on Affirmative Action, July 19, 1995p. 340
Baker v. State, 170 Vt. 194 (1999)p. 347
The Individual
Simple Gifts, Joseph Brackett, 1848p. 355
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance, 1841p. 356
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854p. 360
Songs of the Sacred Mysteries, Sioux, 1869p. 364
The Sorrow Songs (from The Souls of Black Folk), W. E. B. Du Bois, 1903p. 367
The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost, 1916p. 370
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, 1947p. 371
William Faulkner, Address Upon Receiving the Nobel Prize, December 10, 1950p. 374
Lillian Hellman, Letter to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and Reply (from Scoundrel Time), 1952p. 375
Robert F. Kennedy, Day of Affirmation, Cape Town University, June 6, 1966p. 379
Martin Luther King Jr., The Drum Major Instinct, February 4, 1968p. 383
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, Alice Walker, 1974p. 387
War and Peace
Chief Logan, Speech After Defeat by the Virginia Militia, 1774p. 397
Patrick Henry, Speech to the Second Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775p. 398
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, February 14, 1776p. 400
Paul Revere's Ride, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1863p. 403
The Monroe Doctrine, 1823p. 408
The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe, 1861p. 410
Shiloh, a Requiem, Herman Melville, April 1862p. 411
Abraham Lincoln, Final Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863p. 412
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863p. 415
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865p. 418
Memoirs, Ulysses S. Grant, 1885-1886p. 420
Chief Joseph, Surrender to the U.S. Army, 1877p. 421
The Marines' Song, 1891p. 422
Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind, Stephen Crane, 1899p. 423
The Caisson Song, Edmund L. Gruber, 1907p. 425
Woodrow Wilson, War Message to Congress, April 2, 1917p. 426
Over There, George M. Cohan, 1917p. 430
The Unknown Soldier; Billy Rosep. 431
September 1, 1939, W. H. Auden, 1941p. 433
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, War Message to Congress, December 8, 1941p. 436
The Gift Outright, Robert Frost, 1942p. 438
Martial Cadenza, Wallace Stevens, 1954p. 440
Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Great Crusade, June 6, 1944p. 442
J. Robert Oppenheimer, On the Atomic Bomb, 1945p. 446
Albert Einstein, The Fateful Decision, 1948p. 447
Harry S. Truman, Address to the Nation on Korea, April 11, 1951p. 449
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, January 17, 1961p. 454
Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan, 1962p. 458
John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at American University, June 10, 1963p. 459
Vietnam Veterans Against the War, John Kerry, 1971p. 465
Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen, 1984p. 469
Tim O'Brien, On the Rainy River (from The Things They Carried), 1990p. 472
Richard M. Nixon, Remarks Upon Returning from the People's Republic of China, February 28, 1972p. 478
William Jefferson Clinton, Remarks at Michigan State University, May 5, 1995p. 481
George W. Bush, Address on Terrorism Before a Joint Meeting of Congress, September 20, 2001p. 485
Jimmy Carter, Address Upon Receiving the Nobel Prize, December 10, 2002p. 491
Work, Opportunity, and Invention
The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus, 1883p. 499
Huang Zunxian, Explusion of the Immigrants, c. 1884p. 500
I Hear America Singing, Walt Whitman, 1891p. 503
I've Been Working on the Railroadp. 505
Wilbur Wright, Letter to Octave Chanute, May 13, 1900p. 506
Florence Kelley, Speech at the Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, July 22, 1905p. 509
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair, 1906p. 510
Ellis Island, Henry James, 1907p. 512
Ernesto Galarza, Barrio Boy, 1971p. 514
Henry Ford, My Life and Work, 1922p. 517
Thomas Alva Edison, They Won't Think, 1921p. 519
Happy Days Are Here Again, Milton Ager and Jack Yellen, 1929p. 520
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, E. Y. Harburg and Jay Gorney, 1932p. 521
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933p. 523
West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish, 300 U.S. 379 (1937)p. 528
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, 1939p. 530
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, 1949p. 534
Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev, The Kitchen Debate, Moscow, 1959p. 536
Manny Steen, Ellis Island Interview, March 22, 1991p. 539
Groucho Marx, King Leer, 1950p. 540
Coal Miner's Daughter, Loretta Lynn, 1970p. 542
Mario Puzo, Choosing a Dream: Italians in Hell's Kitchen, 1971p. 544
Robert F. Kennedy, Recapturing America's Moral Vision, University of Kansas, March 18, 1968p. 548
Cesar Chavez, Address to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, November 9, 1984p. 551
My Hometown, Bruce Springsteen, 1984p. 555
Andy Warhol, POPism, 1975p. 557
Edward M. Kennedy, Speech to the Democratic Convention, August 12, 1980p. 558
David Bright, Homeless Children Speak, 1986p. 561
George Bush, Speech at the Republican Convention, August 18, 1988p. 562
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan, 1989p. 564
Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Education of an American, September 21, 2001p. 566
Bill Gates, Capitalizing on the "Cognitive Niche," 1999p. 570
Our Land
God Bless America, Irving Berlin, 1938p. 577
The Thanksgivings, Iroquois, 1891p. 578
Twelfth Song of the Thunder; Navajo, 1887p. 579
Oh! Susanna, Stephen Foster, 1848p. 580
Old Cotton Fields at Home, Huddie Ledbetter, 1936p. 582
Light in August, William Faulkner, 1932p. 584
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee, 1941p. 586
Florida, Elizabeth Bishop, 1946p. 588
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884p. 590
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost, 1923p. 593
Moby-Dick, Herman Melville, 1851p. 594
The Sidewalks of New York, James W. Blake and Charles B. Lawlor, 1894p. 596
New York, New York, Fred Ebb and John Kander, 1977p. 598
Jazz, Toni Morrison, 1992p. 599
Chicago, Carl Sandburg, 1916p. 601
Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History, 1893p. 603
The Ballad of Davy Crockett, George Bruns and Tom Blackburn, 1954p. 606
O Pioneers!, Willa Cather, 1913p. 608
Northern Utes, Response to the Breakup of Their Reservation, 1903p. 612
Home on the Range, David Guion, 1930p. 614
The Old Chisholm Trail, c. 1880p. 618
The Mud Below, Annie Proulx, 1999p. 621
Oklahoma, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, 1943p. 623
I Left My Heart in San Francisco, George C. Cory Jr. and Douglass Cross, 1954p. 626
Sunset, Jack Kerouac, 1960p. 628
Surfin' U.S.A., Chuck Berry and Brian Wilson, 1963p. 630
Los Angeles Notebook, Joan Didion, 1966p. 632
Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell, 1970p. 636
The Wilderness Letter, Wallace Stegner, 1960p. 638
America, Paul Simon, 1968p. 640
America, the Beautiful, Katharine Lee Bates, 1893p. 644
This Land Is Your Land, Woody Guthrie, 1940p. 646
Permissions and Photo Creditsp. 649
Indexp. 655
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