The Civically Engaged Reader

The Civically Engaged Reader

ADU-CER | ISBN 978-0-945159-49-0 | Softcover |
346 pages


The Civically Engaged Reader assembles more than forty provocative and diverse readings that range across literature, philosophy, and religion. These selections invite reflection on all kinds of civic-minded activities—from giving and serving to leading and associating—and on the vital connections between thought and service. Appendixes with questions for discussion and tips for making those discussions meaningful make this anthology a ready-to-go resource for service and volunteer groups, as well as high school and college classrooms.


Waiting for the Barbarians
Constantine Cavafy
I Shall Not Beg for My Rights
Henry MacNeal Turner
The Boy Without a Flag
Abraham Rodriguez Jr.
They'll Say, "She Must Be from Another Country"
Imtiaz Dharker
Franz Kafka
Earliest Impressions
Jane Addams
He Sits Down on the Floor of a School for the Retarded
Alden Nowlan
The Theory of Moral Sentiments*
Adam Smith
Democracy in America*
Alexis de Tocqueville
The Souls of Black Folk*
W. E. B. Du Bois
Theme for English B
Langston Hughes
Toni Morrison
Mending Wall
Robert Frost


Luella Miller
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Dry Dock
Margaret Sutherland
Saving the Crippled Boy
Jan Beatty
The Eleventh
Henri Barbusse
The Moral Equivalent of War
William James
The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements
Jane Addams
The Drum Major Instinct
Martin Luther King Jr.
The Book of Ruth

Specimen Days*
Walt Whitman
The Lovers of the Poor
Gwendolyn Brooks
What We Don't Talk About When We Don't Talk About Service
Adam Davis


Where Were We
Dave Eggers
The Reveries of the Solitary Walker*
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Sweetness of Charity
Maya Angelou
The Lamb and the Pinecone
Pablo Neruda
The Gospel of Wealth, Part I
Andrew Carnegie
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Compassion: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel
Sogyal Rinpoche
A Bed for the Night
Bertolt Brecht
Four Traditions of Philanthropy
Elizabeth Lynn and D. Susan Wisely
Mishneh Torah*
If All Who Have Begged Help
Anna Akhmatova


The Wife of His Youth
Charles Waddell Chesnutt
II Samuel, Chapters 11-12
The Destructors
Graham Greene
The Helmsman
Franz Kafka
The Lesson
Toni Cade Bambara
The Use of Force
William Carlos Williams
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin*
Benjamin Franklin
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
Ursula K. Le Guin
The History Teacher
Billy Collins
Second Inaugural Address
Abraham Lincoln
The Minister's Black Veil
Nathaniel Hawthorne

*Indicates a selection from a longer work.