Leonard Pitts Jr.: Message of 'Grapes of Wrath' resonates 75 years later
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 am
The greatest words any American ever said were spoken by a gaunt, war-haunted man in a tiny Pennsylvania college town 150 years ago today.
The celebrated orator Edward Everett had spoken first, a gusty address that began with a nod toward “this serene sky, overlooking these broad fields now reposing from the labors of the waning year,” and wheezed to a close two hours later with a reference to “the glorious annals of our common country.” One imagines a sonorous baritone, the “r’s” rolling like carriage wheels.
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