Chapter 10              

Redefining America: 1945 to the Present

Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish

William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech

Bernard Malamud, The First Seven Years

Flannery O’Connor, Good Country People

Theodore Roethke, The Waking

James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

Will Counts, Little Rock’s Central High School (photograph)

Joan Didion, On Self-Respect

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays

Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck

Stephen Jay Gould, Women’s Brains

Sharon Olds, Rite of Passage

Naomi Shihab Nye, Arabic Coffee (1986)

Brent Staples, Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space

Yusef Komunyakaa, Facing It

Tim O’Brien, On the Rainy River

Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María

Rita Dove, Rosa

Li-Young Lee, The Hammock

Art Spiegelman, 9/11/2001

Tracy K. Smith, Letter to a Photojournalist Going-In

John Jeremiah Sullivan, Michael

Jonathan Franzen, Agreeable

Brian Turner, At Lowe’s Home Improvement Center

Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco, from Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (graphic essay)

Conversation | The Atomic Age

Conversation | The American Middle Class

Conversation | America’s Romance with the Automobile