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Modern American Prose Selections   By: (1877-1920)

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Transcriber's Notes: In the Woodrow Wilson selection, the word 'altrusion' was changed to 'altruism' based on consultation with the original text from which the passage was taken for this book.

In the Jacob Riis selection, the phrase "It it none too fine yet" was replaced with "It is none too fine yet" after consultation with the original text from which the passage was taken for this book.

Other minor typos were also corrected. Hyphenation was left consistent with how it appears in the book.

MODERN AMERICAN PROSE SELECTIONS

EDITED BY

BYRON JOHNSON REES PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT WILLIAMS COLLEGE

NEW YORK HARCOURT, BRACE AND HOWE 1920

THE PLIMPTON PRESS NORWOOD MASS U. S. A.

CONTENTS

PAGE PREFACE vii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi

Abraham Lincoln Theodore Roosevelt 3

American Tradition Franklin K. Lane 8

America's Heritage Franklin K. Lane 17

Address at the College of the Holy Cross Calvin Coolidge 25

Our Future Immigration Policy Frederic C. Howe 31

A New Relationship between Capital and Labor John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 42

My Uncle Alvin Johnson 48

When a Man Comes to Himself Woodrow Wilson 53

Education through Occupations William Lowe Bryan 68

The Fallow John Agricola 81

Writing and Reading John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert 87

James Russell Lowell Bliss Perry 94

The Education of Henry Adams Carl Becker 109

The Struggle for an Education Booker T. Washington 119

Entering Journalism Jacob A. Riis 128

Bound Coastwise Ralph D. Paine 135

The Democratization of the Automobile Burton J. Hendrick 145

Traveling Afoot John Finley 157

Old Boats Walter Prichard Eaton 165

Zeppelinitis Philip Littell 177

TO E., C., AND H. STUDENTS AND FRIENDS

PREFACE

As the reader, if he wishes, may discover without undue delay, the little volume of modern prose selections that he has before him is the result of no ambitious or pretentious design. It is not a collection of the best things that have lately been known and thought in the American world; it is not an anthology in which "all our best authors" are represented by striking or celebrated passages. The editor planned nothing either so precious or so eclectic. His purpose rather was to bring together some twenty examples of typical contemporary prose, in which writers who know whereof they write discuss certain present day themes in readable fashion. In choosing material he has sought to include nothing merely because of the name of the author, and he has demanded of each selection that it should be of such a character, both in subject and style, as to impress normal and wholesome Americans as well worth reading.

The earlier selections President Roosevelt's noble eulogy upon Lincoln, Secretary Lane's two addresses on American tradition and heritage, and Governor Coolidge's address at Holy Cross remind the reader of the high significance of our national past and indicate the promise of a rightly apprehended future... Continue reading book >>




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