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Give Me Liberty!: An American History (Brief Third Edition) (Vol. 1) Paperback – AC-3, January 31, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0393935523 ISBN-10: 0393935523 Edition: Brief Third Edition
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Eric Foner is the preeminent historian of his generation, highly respected by historians of every stripe—whether they specialize in political history or social history. His books have won the top awards in the profession, and he has been president of both major history organizations: the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He has worked on every detail of Give Me Liberty!, which displays all of his trademark strengths as a scholar, teacher, and writer. A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, he regularly teaches the nineteenth-century survey at Columbia University, where he is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. In 2011, Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize.
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  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Brief Third Edition edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393935523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393935523
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 period. In 2006 Foner received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia University. He has served as president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. He is currently writing a book on Lincoln and slavery.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Along Red River of the North on January 13, 2015
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"We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing." - Abraham Lincoln (1864)

Lincoln's aphorism is the pivotal crux of U.S. history explored by Professor Foner in this first-rate textbook for upper-grade high school students or freshman and sophomore college students.

Foner explores how and why the meanings of liberty and freedom changed throughout American history. In examining any particular period, he asks the crucial historical questions:
What new ideas about liberty and freedom circulated? What new circumstances generated them?
How did they expand/develop or contract/regress?
What groups or individuals supported or thwarted them?
Why did they find fertile ground or face hostility?

Foner asserts that three (3) dimensions of liberty and freedom have been critical in American history:
1) the (contested) meanings of liberty and freedom;
2) the social conditions that made liberty and freedom possible; and
3) the boundaries of liberty and freedom that determined who was entitled to enjoy freedom and who was not.

As summarized by David Hackett Fischer, "what made America free, and keeps it so, was not any single version of liberty and freedom but the interplay of many visions." Professor Foner brings this realization to life.

The "Brief" edition is 30% shorter (and that much more "digestible" for students) than the "Seagull" edition, with a much better layout and full-color graphics and maps (as opposed to the monochrome "Seagull" visuals).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C E Matthews on March 5, 2013
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This is a decent book - but I feel like it glosses over some very important theoretical reasoning behind certain events. I also don't like the way it skips around. For example- I needed something about women's suffrage - it was spread all throughout the book and in tiny blurbs - it just was not enough of anything. But I guess it is okay for a textbook for a 100-level history class.
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By Johnathan L Strup on May 28, 2014
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new condition, delivered quickly. If you have to have this book then this is the way to get it. but if it is not required I am sure there are better history books. the author tends to be more emotional and less factual.
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By Nirvananow on June 4, 2014
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This is a good short and concise work on American History. Foner taps into the main topics we are all familiar with - and many that I was not.I recommend this book for any beginning U.S. History student or course.
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First thing everyone does check the quality of the book and it was perfect. Its a big and cheap textbook I saved nearly 50$ from this user compared to my campus bookstore. So would buy from them again.
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By Rebecca Osterling on March 31, 2014
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It took a little long to get here but it was here within the time it said it would be also it is in good condition for being a used book
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By Erin on September 23, 2013
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I really like this book. It's an easy read and it is interesting so required reading for the class doesn't feel like so much work.
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By afaviator on June 16, 2014
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Decent book. My daughter used it for her college history class and said that it was easy to follow and served its purpose.
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