Argument in America : Essential Issues, Essential Texts / Edition 1

Argument in America : Essential Issues, Essential Texts / Edition 1

by Jack Selzer

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ISBN-10: 0321172787

ISBN-13: 9780321172785

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Longman

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Publication date:
Penguin Academics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents




James Fenimore Cooper, “The Slaughter of the Pigeons.”

Thomas Cole, “Schroon Lake, 1846” (art work).

John Muir, “Save the Hetch Hetchy Valley!”

Photos of Yosemite by Carleton Watkins.

Photos of Hetch Hetchy Valley.

Aldo Leopold, “The Land Ethic.”

William Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness.”

Rachel Carson, from Silent Spring (Chapters 1 and 2).

Alice Walker, “Am I Blue.”

N. Scott Momaday, “The Way to Rainy Mountain.”



Ralph Waldo Emerson, “American Scholar.”

Charles William Eliot, “Liberty in Education.”

W. E. B. Du Bois, “The Talented Tenth.”

E. B. White, “Education.”

Jonathan Kozol, “A Tale of Two Schools: How Poor Children Are Lost.”

Benjamin Barber, “America Skips School.”

Adrienne Rich, “Taking Women Students Seriously.”

Jerome Stern, “What They Learn in School” (poem).

Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” (poem).

Matt Groening Cartoon.

Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury Comic.



Benjamin Franklin, “Apology for Printers.”

Susan Brownmiller, “Let's Put Pornography Back in the Closet.”

Nadine Strossen, “The Perils of Pornophobia.”

Irving Kristol, “Pornography, Obscenity, and the Case for Censorship.”

Walt Handelsman Cartoon.

Cathleen Cleaver, “The Internet: A Clear and Present Danger.”

William Bennett Turner, “What Part of ‘No Law’ Don't You Understand?”

Ruben Bolling, Tom the Dancing Bug Cartoon.

Paul Winston, “Copying This Article Is Strictly Forbidden.”

Struggling for Liberation.


Thomas Jefferson, “Declaration of Independence.”

Benjamin Banneker, “Letters to Thomas Jefferson.”

Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July.”

Spirituals:“Go Down, Moses”; “We Raise De Wheat”; “You Got a Right.”

Letters between John Adams and Abigail Adams.

Sarah Grimke, Letters on Women's Rights.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Seneca Falls Declaration.”

Sojourner Truth, “Ain't I a Woman?”

Susan B. Anthony, “On Women's Right to Suffrage.”

Photos of Suffrage Movement: Visual Arguments.

Susan Glaspell, Trifles.

Betty Friedan, “A Letter to True Men.”

Cindy Lauper, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (song).

Paula Gunn Allen, “Where I Come From.”

Harvey Milk, “The Hope Speech.”

Claude McKay, “If We Must Die” (poem).

Song: “We Shall Overcome.”

Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream.”

Jesse Jackson, Speech at the 1984 Democratic Convention.

Photos from the Civil Rights Movement.

The Individual and the Community: Civil Disobedience.


Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience.”

Mahatma Gandhi, “Letter to Lord Irvin.”

Martin Luther King, “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Photos of the Birmingham Campaign.

Malcolm X, “Message to the Grassroots.”

Lewis H. Van Dusen, Jr., “Civil Disobedience: Destroyer of Democracy.”

Woody Allen, “Civil Disobedience.”

Cesar Chavez, “Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King.”

Photos of Nonviolent Resistance in the Hispanic Community.

Becoming America(n): Immigration and Assimilation.


St. Jean de Crevecouer, “Letter III: What Is an American?”

Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” (poem).

Thomas Bailey Aldrich, “The Unguarded Gates” (poem).

Photographs of immigrants: Ellis Island and After.

Francis Walker, “Restriction of Immigration.”

James Fallows, “Immigration: How It's Affecting Us.”

James Baldwin, “Stranger in the Village.”

Richard Rodriguez, “Aria.”

Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue.”

Leslie Marmon Silko, “The Border Patrol State.”

Arguments About Argument.

Kenneth Burke, “Rhetoric Old and New.”

Deborah Tannen, from The Argument Culture.

Anne Wysocki, “Arguing Visually.”

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