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Give Me Liberty!: An American History

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  12 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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T.J.
May 26, 2008 T.J. rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Julia
Feb 27, 2015 Julia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Patrick
Textbook, No Comment.
Kendall
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
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Işıl
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
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Nate
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 ...
Rozemarijn
Let's pretend I was a good student and finished this book exactly in time. Or finished at all for that matter.
Amy
if i plugged my way through a history book i am darned well getting credit towards my reading goal. ha.
Christine
Great textbook! Foner actually made history interesting. Plus, I actually read the whole thing...amazing!
Andrew
Used this textbook for the US history survey I taught this spring. An incredible work of synthesis.
Jill
easy to read, easy to follow, lots of information packed in it.
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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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