The Story of American Freedom

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - History - 422 pages
From the Revolution to our own time, freedom has been America's strongest cultural bond and its most perilous fault line, a birthright for some Americans and a cruel mockery for others. Eric Foner takes freedom not as a timeless truth but as a value whose meaning and scope have been contested throughout American history. His sweeping narrative shows freedom to have been shaped not only in congressional debates and political treatises but also on plantations and picket lines, in parlors and bedrooms. His characters include the well-known-Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan-and the anonymous-former slaves, union organizers, freedom riders, and women's rights advocates. In the end he gives us a stirring history of America itself focused on its animating impulse: freedom. "Wonderfully readable . . . an excellent choice for serious readers."—New York Times Book Review
 

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A leisurely stroll through American history in search of the elusive and constantly changing concept of freedom. Foner (History/Columbia; Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1988, etc ... Read full review

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Distinguished Columbia historian Foner frames American history as a continuing fight for freedom. Read full review

Contents

The Birth of Ameriean Freedom
3
To Call It Freedom
29
An Empire of Liberty
47
The Boundaries of Freedom in the Young Republie
69
Liberty of Contraet and Its Diseontents
115
The Birth of Civil Liberties
163
The New Deal and the Redefinition of Freedom
195
Fighting for Freedom
219
Sixties Freedom
275
Conservative Freedom
307
Notes
333
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Eric Foner is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War and Reconstruction, including The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University.

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