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Give Me Liberty!: An American History (Third Edition) (Vol. 2) 3rd Edition
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What I have found surprising though is that for an academic text, Give Me Liberty often lacks objectivity to the point where Professor Foner blatantly injects his own subjective opinion into the text. It isn't even that he is giving examples of the thinking of others which would reflect his thesis; he just comes right out and tells you what he thinks. An example of this can be found on page 656, in the section which discusses "The New Imperialism." Foner writes, "... eventually, they would be accorded the right to self-government, although no one could be sure how long this would take. In the meantime, 'empire' was another word for 'exploitation.'"
While I may agree with this sentiment, I was under the impression that an academic text, especially one intended for a college-level audience, should, as objectively as practical, present the facts and allow the student to exercise their critical-thinking ability to consider the evidence and draw their own conclusions to the material presented.
Another minor issues I have with the the text is that Professor Foner has a tendency of using unattributed or anonymous quotations. An example of this is "... one historian has written,...." Well, if it is one historian, who was it? I can understand if he is making a generalization of how a large group of people felt about a topic, but if it is just one person, can't you attribute the quote to them?Read more ›
It's important to note that this textbook is structured based on subject more than chronology. Each chapter covers a period of time, and is divided into subchapters by topic. Each chapter on whole is not chronological - in a chapter supposedly covering 1890 - 1900, you might have one subchapter covering labor reform from 1870-1900, and then the next subchapter covers black rights during 1880 - 1910. This disruption in chronology can make it difficult to understand the context of each topic and how different topics relate to each other. If your professor tends to ask questions like "describe black rights from 1870 - 1900", this textbook will be helpful. If your professor prefers questions like "describe the overall political climate and important events in 1880", you'll be trying to reorganize the entire textbook in your head.
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Great book that I rented for a class. The book was a rental and basically in brand new condition; even had that "new book" smell! Very satisfied...Published 1 day ago by Anna
Great book! The author has some of his bias so I would also recommend reading one of Zinn's book too. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Noel
This was a pretty good textbook and it did a great job of informing you of as much information is possible without being too difficult or boring to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alexis