2013 Reading List

The 2013 readings are taken from What So Proudly We Hail.

January – National Identity:  Why Should It Matter?

February – Selections from The American Creed & The American Character

The Virtues of Civic Life

March – Self-Command and Self-Respect

April – Law-Abidingness and Justice: Toward Public Order

  • Abraham Lincoln, “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions”
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
  • Susan Glaspell, “A Jury of Her Peers”

May – Courage and Self-Sacrifice: Toward Country and Its Ideals

  • John McCain (with Mark Salter), “On Roy Benavidez”
  • Sullivan Ballou, Letter to Sarah
  • Michael Shaara, “Chamberlain,” from The Killer Angels
  • George S. Patton Jr., Speech to the Third Army
  • Stephen Crane, “The Veteran”
  • Stephen Vincent Benet, “The Devil and Daniel Webster”

June – Civility, Tolerance, Compassion: Toward Neighbors

  • Ring Lardner, “Contract”
  • Stephen Crane, “The Blue Hotel”
  • Wallace Stegner, “The Traveler”
  • Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street”

July – Break—No Meeting

August – Public-Spiritedness, Charity, Reverence: Toward the Public Goods

  • Stephen Crane, “The Open Boat”
  • John F. Kelly, Veterans Day Speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis
  • Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
  • John Updike, “The Deacon”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “The Artificial Nigger”
  • Homer Hickam, “Dosie, of Killakeet Island”

The Goals of Civic Life

September – Lifting the Floor

  • Ursula Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
  • Thomas Jefferson, Writings on Education
  • Frederick Douglass, “Why Should a Colored Man Enlist?”
  • Booker T. Washington, “Democracy and Education”
  • W.E.B. DuBois, “The Talented Tenth”
  • Wallace Stegner, “He Who Spits at the Sky”
  • Willa Cather, “The Best Years”

October – Elevating the Ceiling

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Artist of the Beautiful”
  • Ralph Ellison, “The Little Man at Chehaw Station: The American Artist and His Audience”
  • John Updike, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu”
  • Herman Melville, “Lee in the Capitol”
  • John F. Kennedy, Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort

November – Preservation and Perpetuation

  • Ring Lardner, “Old Folks’ Christmas”
  • Alice Walker, “Everyday Use”
  • George Washington, Farewell Address
  • Theodore Roosevelt, “Manhood and Statehood”
  • Calvin Coolidge, Speech on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., “In Our Youth Our Hearts Were Touched with Fire”
  • George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation
  • O. Henry, “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen”

December – Break—No Meeting

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