01 July 2011

Happy Birthday, America!

As we go into this holiday weekend, you may find you have a little downtime for some reading. Might I suggest one or more of these classic (I hesitate to call them "Top 5") documents of the American experiment? All Americans should be familiar with them.

(And by "familiar" I mean: "all of us should have read them and understand what they mean," not "all of us should be ready to spout ridiculous BS that demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the documents, the intent of the writers, the intent of the Founders, and possibly of the English language as a whole in support of our crackpot political beliefs," of course.)
  1. The Declaration of Independence
  2. The US Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights
  3. The Gettysburg Address
  4. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech
  5. Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a woman?" speech
Photo credit: Kristin Hopper

2 comments:

David M. Patt, CAE said...

Yes, yes for the Bill of Rights! Especially the 1st amendment. It influences a lot of association decisions.

Hecate said...

I'd add Letter from a Birmingham Jail and Goodbye to All That, but your list is pretty damn rocking.