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If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.

 
先日ご紹介した全米の方言分布でUpper Midwestern(中西部上部)というのがありました。

Upper Midwestern (9)
Originally settled by people from New England and New York State who brought those dialects, this area was also influenced by Southerners coming up the Mississippi River as well as the speech patterns of the German and Scandinavian immigrants and the Canadian English dialects from over the border. It's sometimes referred to as a "Midwestern twang." They call jelly doughnuts bismarks. Minnewegian (Minnesota / Norwegian), a subdialect spoken in the northernmost part of this region was spoofed in the movies Fargo and Drop Dead Gorgeous.


this area was also influenced by Southerners coming up the Mississippi Riverとあった部分は別に逃亡南部奴隷だけを指しているのではないのでしょうが、何分自分の米国歴史の知識が乏しすぎるので以下のような図が浮かんできました。

The Underground Railroad
The Journey

UndergroundRailroad.jpg

なんでこの印象が強かったかというと、これまた随分と古い演説になりますが、2008年夏の民主党党大会でのヒラリーさんの演説のクライマックスででてきたからです。

Don't ever stop. Keep going.
If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.
Even in the darkest of moments, ordinary Americans have found the faith to keep going.
(絶対に止まってはだめ。進み続けなさい。
自由を味わいたかったら、進み続けなさい。
最悪の時にでも、普通のアメリカ人たちは進み続けるという信念を見出してきたのです)

ヒラリーさんは頭がよすぎるからか、いつもの演説はきっちりしすぎて、わかりやすいけど面白くない感じになりますが、この演説はemotionally charged speechと以下に書いてあるように感情のこもった鳥肌が立つほどの素晴らしいものでした。間違いなく僕にとっての彼女のベストスピーチです。

Transcript: Hillary Clinton's Prime-Time Speech
August 26, 2008 9:26 PM

In this prepared emotionally charged speech at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton put her full support behind Barack Obama. "No way. No how. No McCain," she said. The speech as delivered may vary from the following text.



(4分30秒あたりから)
These women and men looked into their daughters' eyes, imagined a fairer and freer world, and found the strength to fight. To rally and picket. To endure ridicule and harassment. To brave violence and jail.

And after so many decades – 88 years ago on this very day – the 19th amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote would be forever enshrined in our Constitution.

My mother was born before women could vote. But in this election my daughter got to vote for her mother for President.

This is the story of America. Of women and men who defy the odds and never give up.

How do we give this country back to them?

By following the example of a brave New Yorker , a woman who risked her life to shepherd slaves along the Underground Railroad.

And on that path to freedom, Harriett Tubman had one piece of advice.

If you hear the dogs, keep going.

If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.

If they're shouting after you, keep going.

Don't ever stop. Keep going.

If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.

Even in the darkest of moments, ordinary Americans have found the faith to keep going.

I've seen it in you. I've seen it in our teachers and firefighters, nurses and police officers, small business owners and union workers, the men and women of our military – you always keep going.

We are Americans. We're not big on quitting.

But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama president.

We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare.

Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance.

I want you to think about your children and grandchildren come election day. And think about the choices your parents and grandparents made that had such a big impact on your life and on the life of our nation.

We've got to ensure that the choice we make in this election honors the sacrifices of all who came before us, and will fill the lives of our children with possibility and hope.

That is our duty, to build that bright future, and to teach our children that in America there is no chasm too deep, no barrier too great – and no ceiling too high – for all who work hard, never back down, always keep going, have faith in God, in our country, and in each other.

Thank you so much. God bless America and Godspeed to you all.

演説ででてきたHarriett Tubmanについての動画です。


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