Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideals
Liberty and Freedom is devoted to those two concepts, which Fischer holds are key to understanding the culture of America. Fischer uses quilts, flags, photos, paintings, sculpture and pretty much anything else under the sun(toilet decorated with a bald eagle, anyone?) to illustrate this thesis.
Clearly, Fischer is concerned with the idea of America. What is most novel about this book is the w ...more
"In ancient Rome, liberty implied inequality. People were granted different liberties according to their condition. Some had many liberties. Others had few or none. When Rome was a republic, its citizens possessed the liberty of government by assembly, but in different ways according to their rank. Magistrates and senators had liberty t ...more
Fischer, author of Washington's Crossing (**** May/June 2004) and Albion's Seed, offers Liberty and Freedom as part of a four-volume history of American culture. Focusing on material culture rather than philosophical texts, he argues that we pass down ideas about liberty and freedom from one generation to the next, altering them as some groups simultaneously struggle against forms of repression. Fischer's stories span well-known anecdotes about Betsy Ross, Frederick Douglass, and Jimi Hendrix to...more