Creating America

Creating America : Reading and Writing Arguments

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Designed for Writing/Composition courses-especially those with a focus on argument and/or research-this reader/rhetoric emphasizes the argumentative strategies students need to analyze and write arguments. At the same time, it helps students see that Americans have always defined themselves and maintained a sense of unity-despite great diversity-through ongoing public debate about what America means. Selections reflect colonial times to the present, and include posters, photographs, advertisements, and court cases in addition to essays, poems, and stories.
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  • Paperback | 556 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130814210
  • 9780130814210

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(NOTE:See "new" tags throughout indicating selections that are new to this edition.)I: CONTEXTS FOR READING AND WRITING ARGUMENTS. 1. Reading and Analyzing Arguments. Reading American Cultures. Persuasion. Elements of Persuasion NEW. Persuasion in Diverse Genres. Critical Reading and Persuasive Writing.2. Writing and Research. Developing Essays. Integrating Research into Writing (including student research draft and essay, student art analysis) NEW. Research Sources NEW.II: ARGUMENT IN THE AMERICAN TRADITION. 3. Identities. American Identities Through History. Benjamin Franklin, Join or Die. Alexis de Tocqueville, Origin of the Anglo-Americans (excerpt from Democracy in America). Joseph Keppler, The U.S. Hotel Badly Needs a Bouncer (Puck Cartoon). Howard Chandler Christy, Victory Liberty Loan (WWI Poster). Luther Standing Bear, What the Indian Means to America. Ralph Ellison, Prologue to Invisible Man. John Kennedy, Inaugural Address. Arturo Islas, Thanksgiving Border Crossing (from Migrant Souls) NEW. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., The Cult of Ethnicity. Daniel O. Taube, Aunt Jeanette's Arm: On a Lesson of Being Jewish NEW. Jean Watasuki Houston, A Tapestry of Hope: America's Strength Was, Is, and Will Be Its Diversity NEW. Martha Serrano, Chicana. Film: The Joy Luck Club NEW.4. American Dreams. American Dreams Through History. William Bradford, from History of Plymouth Plantation NEW. Sartain's, Union Magazine of Literature & Art. Andrew Carnegie, Wealth. Poster, California, Cornucopia of the World. Sui Sin Far, In the Land of the Free NEW. Langston Hughes, Let America be America Again. Margaret Bourke-White, There's No Way like the American Way. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Early Success NEW. Pledge Furniture Sweepstakes, Win a Houseful of Beautiful Furniture! NEW. Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream. Witold Rbyczynski, Tomorrowland NEW. Jacob Weisberg, United Shareholders of America NEW. Chris Countryman, Structured Appeal: Let America be America Again NEW. Film: Avalon NEW. 5. Images of Gender and Family. Gender and Family in American History. Etching, Keep within Compass. Poster, Enlist: On Which of the Window Are YOU? Charles Atlas, Fame Instead of Shame. Ford Motor Co., They'll Know You Arrived. Judge Wilner: Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, Rusk v. State NEW. Keenan Peck, When Family Is Not a Household Word. Alfred Lubrano, Bricklayer's Boy. Thomas Stoddard, Marriage is a Fundamental Right. Bruce Fein, Reserve Marriage for Heterosexuals. Susan Faludi, Blame It on Feminism (from Backlash). Marian Wright Edelman, A Family Legacy. Mary Pipher, Saplings in the Storm (from Reviving Ophelia ) NEW. John Wu, Making and Unmaking the "Model Minority." Film: Mi familia (My Family) NEW.6. Work and Play. Work and Play Through History. Benjamin Franklin, from Autobiography. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics. Jacob Riis, Two Women Sewing NEW. David Nasaw, Going Out NEW. Hawaiian Tourist Board, Duke Kahanamoku NEW. Magazine cover, Physical Culture NEW. Woodie Guthrie, Union Maid NEW. Studs Terkel, The Mason (interview from Working) NEW. Gloria Steinem, The Importance of Work. Leonard Koppett, The Poison of Amateurism (from Sports Illusion, Sports Reality) NEW. Susan Cahn, You've Come a Long Way, Maybe (from Coming on Strong) NEW. Magazine Advertisement, Motrin Spoken Here. Jorge Flores, From Necessary to Unwanted: An Analysis on the Anti-Mexican American Movement During the Great Depression NEW. Film: Jerry Maguire NEW.7. Justice and Civil Liberties. Justice and Civil Liberties Through History. Andrew Hamilton, In Defense of Freedom of the Press NEW. Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence. Henry David Thoreau, from Civil Disobedience. Frederick Douglass, Independence Day Speech at Rochester. Susan B. Anthony, Women's Right to Vote. United States Supreme Court decision, Plessy v. Ferguson. Eudora Welty, Dolls NEW. Norman Rockwell, Freedom of Speech NEW. United States Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail. Joshua Quittner from Time Magazine, Unshackling Net Speech NEW. Film: The Long Walk Home NEW.8. War and the Enemy. War and the Enemy Through History. Creating War and the Enemy Through Persuasive Language. Thomas Paine, These are the Times that Try Men's Souls (from Common Sense). Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address. Mark Twain, The War Prayer. Poster, We Smash 'em Hard! Poster, Deliver Us from Evil. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Pearl Harbor Address. Edward T. Adams, Saigon Execution. Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut, The Terror of War. Jacqueline Navarra Rhoads, Nurses in Vietnam. Jeff Zorn, Demonizing the Gulf War: Reading the Archetypes NEW. Jeremy Kassis, Rhetorical Divisiveness in Nation-Building and War: An Analysis of FDR's Pearl Harbor Address. Film: Casablanca NEW.9. Frontiers. Frontiers Through History. Sarah Kemble Knight, from The Journal of Madam Knight (1704) NEW. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1848. Mark Twain, from Roughing It. Alfred Bierstadt, Giant Redwood Trees of California (Painting). Police Gazette, Indian Treachery and Bloodshed. Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History. Richard Hofstadter, The Thesis Disputed. Wallace Stegner, Coda: The Wilderness Letter. Joan Didion, Notes from a Native Daughter NEW. Louise Erdrich, Dear John Wayne. Jonathan Raban, The Next Last Frontier NEW. Film:Unforgiven NEW.Index of Authors and Titles. Index of Rhetorical Terms.
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