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To America

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Written Text

 How would you have us, as we are? Or sinking ‘neath the load we bear? Our eyes fixed forward on a star? Or gazing empty at despair?

Rising or falling? Men or things? With dragging pace or footsteps fleet? Strong, willing sinews in your wings? Or tightening chains about your feet? ………………………..

“To America” By James Weldon Johnson Read by Brian Harrison Directed by Walter Evans Copyright Georgia Regents University 2011 All rights reserved