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Stephen Peithman"While most monologue collections cover a wider range of subjects, the focus is narrowed down in Spirit of America: Patriotic Monologues and Speeches for Middle and High School Students - although not all of the pieces are American, and not all of them are flag-wavers. Edited by D. Tulla Lightfoot, some examples include Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, excerpts from Plato’s The Republic and Geronimo’s Story of His Life, Susan B. Anthony’s speech on women’s right to vote, Emma Lazarus’s "The New Colossus" ("Give me your tired, your poor.."), General Patton’s speech to the 3rd Army, 6th Armored Division ("No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country") and Maya Angelou’s poem, "On the Pulse of Morning." This is a remarkable collection, in every respect."
—Stage Directions, November 2005