Words for the Nation: A Playlist of Readings from the Collections

November 2, 2020

Expecting to be waiting in line any time soon? Stressed and looking for prompts from the past for reflection in the present about paths for the future?
For Monday at Beinecke, November 2, 2020, we cast a series of timely and timeless readings from the collections on the library’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full playlist, or individual selections, now or at any time. Please share with family, friends, and colleagues!
Readers include Claire Barnes, David Blight, Anna Franz, Kahlil Greene, Ruth Koizim, Nancy Kuhl, Willie Jennings, and Asha Rangappa.
Selections include poems by Langston Hughes; passages from the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and George Washington’s Farewell Address; and excerpts from James Baldwin, Rachel Carson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Robert Penn Warren.