The Piazza

While sitting on his private piazza, the narrator imagines life at an idyllic home in the mountains. In his daydream, he meets a lonely young woman who often gazes at his house...

The Mask

Delirium, jealousy, and passion run free in Robert Chambers’ short story “The Mask.” Boris, a sculptor, has created a liquid that transforms objects into marble. His...

The Prodigal Son!

 Timothy Shay Arthur wrote many popular moral stories in the nineteenth century. In this tale, a family sends their son to a prestigious boarding school where he can academically...

The Power of Kindness

Timothy Shay Arthur was an important moral force in nineteenth century. In “The Power of Kindness,” a boy’s father is disappointed when his harsh words do not lead to...

On Indulgences

In 1517, the great reformer Martin Luther wrote to the Archbishop of Mainz objecting to the sale of indulgences. With humble reverence, Luther explains his opposition to this...

On the Christian Life

“On the Christian Life” is an excerpt from John Calvin’s monumental work, Institutes of the Christian Religion. This section focuses on how being a Christian influences a...

Imperialism

With this 1990 speech, American politician William Jennings Bryan presents a compelling argument against imperialism. He outlines how maintaining military force over other nations...

Annapolis Commencement Address

President Woodrow Wilson delivered this address to the 1914 graduates of the US Naval Academy. While he congratulated them, he also said: “Do not suppose that your education is...

Inaugural Address

Woodrow Wilson became the 28th president of the United States when he beat out President Taft and Theodore Roosevelt in the 1912 election. His election completed a shift to...

The Constitution and the Union

With this famous speech, Daniel Webster joined the nineteenth-century debate over slavery in the US. While personally opposed to the practice, Webster argued that allowing the...

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