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With more than 50 very brief readings – all new to this edition – from over 40 very recent periodicals and student newspapers on 12 topics of very current interest, America Now reflects what students are talking and writing about right now.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312646608
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/16/2011
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Atwan is director of The Blue Hills Writing Institute at Curry College and the series editor of the annual Best American Essays, which he founded in 1985. His essays, reviews, and critical articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, River Teeth, and many other publications. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, he has also edited Ten on Ten: Major Essayists on Recurring Themes (1992); Our Times (1998); and Convergences (2009). He has coedited (with Jon Roberts) Left, Right, and Center: Voices from Across the Political Spectrum (1996), and is coeditor with Donald McQuade of The Writer’s Presence (2009).

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Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors

The Persuasive Writer: Expressing Opinions with Clarity, Confidence, and Civility

1. Social Media: What Do We Gain? What Do We Lose?  

Andrew Santella, This Is Not about You (Notre Dame Magazine, Summer 2013)

Student essay: Yzzy Gonzalez, Technology Taking Over? (University Times, California State University, Los Angeles, February 11, 2013)

Spotlight on Research: Clive Thompson, The Parent Trap: How Teens Lost the Ability to Socialize (Wired, January 2014)

America Then…1854: Henry David Thoreau, Nothing Important to Communicate? (from Walden)

2. Language: Do Words Matter?

Deborah Tannen, ‘Bossy’ Is More than a Word to Women (USA Today, March 11, 2014)

Spotlight on Research: Arika Okrent, Everybody in Almost Every Language Says "Huh"? HUH?! (Smithsonian Magazine, March 2014)

In Brief: Sound Bites: What's in a Name? 

Student essay: Greg Nasif, Washington, Yea! Redskins, Boo! (The Diamondback, The University of Maryland, October 13, 2011)

Scott Russell Sanders, Language Versus Lies (The Progressive, January 2013)

America Then...1953: Langston Hughes, That Word Black (The Chicago Defender, November 3, 1951)

3. Freedom of Expression: Is It Endangered on Campus?

Jennifer Medina, Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm (New York Times, May 17, 2014)

Student Debate:
Brianne Richson,
Colleges Should Adopt Trigger Warnings (The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa, May 6, 2014)
Jon Overton, Beware the Trigger Warning (The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa, May 7, 2014)

Michael Bloomberg, On The Repression of Expression (from Commencement Speech at Harvard University;, May 29, 2014)

America Then…1997: Wendy Kaminer, A Civic Duty to Annoy (The Atlantic, September 1997)

4. Diversity: How is the Face of America Changing?

Haya El Nasser, The Changing Face of America (USA Weekend, September 30, 2013)

Christine Granados, True Colors (Texas Monthly, May 2014)

Student Essay: Hailey Yook, Positive Stereotypes Are Hurtful, Too (The Daily Californian, University of California, Berkeley, March 10, 2014)

Barry Lopez, Six Thousand Lessons (Prairie Schooner, Summer 2013)

America Then...1891: Nation, The Proper Sieve for Immigrants

5. Race: Does It Still Matter?   

Naomi Zack, More Than Skin Deep (Oregon Humanities, Summer 2013)

Student Essay: Jana King, In Living Color (The Daily Reveille, Louisiana State University, March 14, 2014)

Ben S. Carson, Gray Matter, the Stuff that Really Matters (The Washington Times, March 12, 2014)

Spotlight on Research: W. Ralph Eubanks, from Color Lines (The American Scholar, Spring 2013)

America Then…1852: Frederick Douglas,  from "What to a Slave, is the Fourth of July?"

6. Guns: Can the Second Amendment Survive?

Brian Doyle, Dawn and Mary (The Sun, August 2013)

Diane Dimond, Kids and Guns and Public Safety (Rockland County Times, January 25, 2015)

Student Debate:
Christina Tenuta,
Responsible Gun Ownership Saves Lives (Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, October 2, 2013)
James Stancliffe, Guns Act as Force Multiplier (Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, October 23, 2013)

Cartoon: Matt Bors, Guns and Butter(ed) Popcorn (The Nation, February 10, 2014)

In Brief: Poem: Jane Vincent Taylor, New Law Makes Local Poet Nervous (This Land, February 1, 2013)

America Then...1981: Paul Fussell,  from "A Well-Regulated Militia"

7. College Sports: Should Student Athletes Be Paid?

Dave Zirin, The Shame of the NCAA (The Nation, April 1, 2013)

Cartoon: Bill Bramhall, Northwestern University Football Players Unionize (March 28, 2014)

Student Essay: Tim Ajmani, Compensation for College Athletes? (The Corsair, Pensacola State College, April 25, 2012)

In Brief: Joke: The Football Star's Final Exam (Desert Exposure, August 2014)

America Then...1979: Red Smith, The Student Athlete

8. Marriage: What Does it Mean Today?

Mona Charen, Modern Family? (, February 28, 2014)

Rebecca Solnit, More Equal Than Others (Financial Times, May 24, 2013)

Student Essay: Holly Nall, Mixed Relationships Offer Diversity (Golden Gate Xpress, San Francisco State University, April 1, 2013)

In Brief: Essay: Timothy Aubry, Married Life (The Point, Nov. 2013) 

America Then...1910: Emma Goldman, Marriage and Love (from Anarchism and Other Essays)

9. The Environment: Is the Crisis Overblown?

Charles Krauthammer, The Myth of ‘Settled Science’ (New York Daily News, February 21, 2014)

Bill McKibben, A Moral Atmosphere (Orion, March/April 2013)

James Hansen, Acceptance Speech for 2013 Ridenhour Courage Prize (The Nation, May 27, 2013)

Spotlight on Research: Judith Shulevitz, Why Do People Deny Science? (The New Republic, October 21, 2013)

Student Essay: Macon Fessenden, Hydrofracking: Getting the Facts Straight (Pipe Dream, Binghamton University, November 8, 2013)

America Then…1962: Rachel Carson, A Fable for Tomorrow (from Silent Spring)

10. American Politics—Must We Be Partisan?

Laura Meckler and Dante Chinni, City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation’s Partisan Split (Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2014)

Avi Tuschman, Political Evolution: Why Do Young Voters Lean Left? (Bloomberg Businessweek, April 21-27, 2014)

Student Essay: Anna Berenson, Politics for the Rest of Us (The Bates Student, Bates College, October 9, 2013)

Chris Chan, It’s Time We Demanded More (Gilbert Magazine, Sept/Oct 2013)

America Then…1787: Benjamin Franklin, I Agree to This Constitution, with All Its Faults

11. Gender: Do We Need Feminism?

Marisa Meltzer, The Last Feminist Taboo (Elle, January 2014)

Heather Havrilesky, Don’t Act Crazy, Mindy (New York Times Magazine, March 17, 2013)

Christina Hoff Sommers, No, Women Don’t Make Less Money than Men (The Daily Beast, February 1, 2014)

Student Essay: Emily Potter, #YesAllWomen (Daily Nexus, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 30, 2014)

America Then...1972: Judy Brady, I Want a Wife  

12. Our Battered Economy: Is the American Dream Over?

Barack Obama, A Fundamental Threat to the American Dream (from speech delivered December 4, 2013)

James Surowiecki, The Mobility Myth (The New Yorker, March 3, 2014)

Greg Beato, The Myth of Economic Mobility (Reason, May 2014)

Eve Tushnet, You Can Go Home Again (The Weekly Standard, Sept 2, 2013)

Student Essay: Gray Whisnant, Make It Rain: Why the Nation Needs a Universal Basic Income (The Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia, January 15, 2014)

America Then…1890: Jacob Riis, from How the Other Half Lives

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