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Give Me Liberty!: An American History

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  185 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Freedom, the oldest of cliches and the most modern of aspirations, is the unifying theme in the new survey of American history by Eric Foner, the well-known historian and author of The Story of American Freedom. Give Me Liberty! examines the changing meanings of freedom, the social conditions that make freedom possible and its shifting boundaries from colonial times to the ...more
Hardcover, 1131 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company
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May 26, 2008 T.J. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: american history students, teachers
Eric Foner's high school/college textbook isn't perfect by any means, but it IS brilliant. Foner's central conceit--the idea that liberty is the cornerstone but rarely agreed upon idea of American history--is brilliant and erudite. Foner skillfully weaves together the idea of American freedom and teh fact that it meant many different things to many different people as it continuously evolved. Foner's biases are readily evident, particularly in his hostility toward political conservatism, but ove ...more
Sep 26, 2015 J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who just love Amriecan History
I cannot believe I am actually done with this. Phew! 980 pages of pure American history and how it relates to freedom and liberty. I would have prefered a dry factual and sequential account, but I am asking for too much. Overall, it is a very well researched and thoroughly edited textbook that encompasses different historical and cultural events and their impact on society.
Aug 21, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give Me Liberty! is a very descriptive, accurate portrayal of the USA as it was. This textbook related gave me a sense of America in the late 19th and 20th centuries. I read Volume 2 (Reconstruction to present), but I think it wouldn't be any different than Volume 1. I definitely learned a lot from it. However, this was my textbook for a summer class, so we were flying through it at 2-3 chapter a week (about 40 pages per chapter). I may be rating it lower than others would because I didn't get t ...more
Oct 25, 2009 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbook
Textbook, No Comment.
Adam Wilsman
Jun 29, 2016 Adam Wilsman is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Chapter 1 - A New World
The students should largely know page 1-16. It's a discussion of "discovery," Columbian exchange, and the Spanish colonial empire. Do you need to engage the Aztecs and the Incas in class? Foner does not in any depth. This entire section might be the subject of a mini-lecture. After 16, it delves into North America, in particular. That's relatively novel for them. Perhaps in unit 1, you have them read after that (2 days).
Use portrait of Elizabeth I on page 27. Analyze it wi
Aug 19, 2014 Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lincoln said, “Freedom is one thing to the fox and something entirely different to the chickens.”

Foner states, “increasingly, the idea of liberty lost its traditional association with privileges derived from membership in a distinct social class and became more and more identified with a general right to resist arbitrary government” (142).

The early North American natives had a different meaning of freedom than other early New England settlers. The natives believed that as long as they were not
Dec 18, 2012 Işıl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok this is a textbook but I thought it'd be best to pick one since there's countless arguments on how history textbooks are full of wrong information and how biased they are. Yet, not a lot of people read em to start this kind of an argument.
Give Me Liberty really fits the stereotype that what you are taught in history class is flat out lies.what I know about American history sort of enables me to say that if you wanna make sure the book you're reading on the general American history is biased
Jul 15, 2015 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely detailed and sometimes very dry, but what would you expect from a textbook? Use it more of reference than a read through.
Sep 14, 2015 Umesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 20, 2014 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a textbook... and while no comprehensive text of a topic as dense and broad as the entirety of the history of a nation can be thoroughly discussed, this is about as enjoyable as it can get from a reading standpoint ...
Scooping it Up
Fabulous middle/early high school history curriculum. Great resources and one of the lesser problematically colonist white/supremacist history texts I've seen.
Dec 19, 2015 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An in depth and through covering of American History. Easy to read and navigate, this is a nice edition to my non-fiction library.
Hannah Comfybookchats
I dislike history so obviously this not for me. Boring. Second Semester History 202. Bright side? It's my last history class EVER!!
Chase Steely
Mar 27, 2016 Chase Steely rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Anti-Capitalist, oh communism and socialism aren't that bad" American History textbook. Borrowed for the class.
Let's pretend I was a good student and finished this book exactly in time. Or finished at all for that matter.
May 16, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
if i plugged my way through a history book i am darned well getting credit towards my reading goal. ha.
Apr 23, 2010 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great textbook! Foner actually made history interesting. Plus, I actually read the whole thing...amazing!
Apr 17, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Used this textbook for the US history survey I taught this spring. An incredible work of synthesis.
Apr 30, 2012 Hildegart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
easy to read, easy to follow, lots of information packed in it.
Allan Ochieng
Aug 13, 2015 Allan Ochieng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Way above average
Dec 06, 2013 Roos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice and lefty
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Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, where he earned his B.A. and Ph.D. In his teaching and scholarship, Foner focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery, and nineteenth-century America. His Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877, won the Bancroft, Parkman, and Los Angeles Times Book prizes and remains the standard history of the p ...more
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