What does it mean to be American?

Title

Learning to Love America

Author

Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin

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Reading

Overview

Born in Malacca, Malaysia in 1944, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim was raised by her Chinese father and emigrated to the U.S. as a young woman. The author of several books of poetry, short stories and…

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Of the Sons of Master and Man

Author

Du Bois, W. E. B.

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Reading

Overview

Although he wrote during the early twentieth century, the racial issues that NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois explores are, sadly, still pertinent to this day. In chapter 9 of his timeless book, The…

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Song of the Shirt, 1941

Author

Parker, Dorothy

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Reading

Overview

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), founder of the Algonquin Table (an influential group of New York City writers, critics, and actors that met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel) and sometime editor…

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In Search of a Majority

Author

Baldwin, James

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Reading

Overview

James Baldwin was born in 1924 in Harlem and was a novelist, essayist, playwright, and civil rights activist. In Search of a Majority is an adaptation from an address Baldwin made at Kalamazoo…

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Second Inaugural Address

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Lincoln, Abraham

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Reading

Overview

After a bitter conflict, how does a leader reconcile the former combatants who must now somehow peacefully coexist? American president Abraham Lincoln attempts to do just that in his Second Inaugural…

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