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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
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The perspective that Give Me Liberty presents to its readers is predominantly one of the voice of the under represented or disenfranchised in the history of the United States. Professor Foner makes a concerted effort to convey how the average citizen experienced the history occurring around them and casts them as players in that drama.

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? I don't necessarily expect footnoted references, but at least say who the person is.

Even with the issues that I have presented, I have given Give Me Liberty a four-star rating because of the fact that this text has caused me to look at American history from a much different perspective than that which was presented in other American history classes or as portrayed in popular culture. If you are open to the ideas presented, it will definitely give you a fresh perspective into what the American Experience has been for the majority of the people who have experienced it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
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This book is jam packed with information. I do not like it as much as I did books I had for my own classes, and did not like how it misses some controversial History-History that is almost embarrassing or shameful (Like Ford's , Anti-Jew, Pro Hitler/Nazi agenda). I also was not a fan at how limited some information was, specifically stressing CHEAP LABOR, STRIKES, etc. Very minimal in those areas. Which is absurd, seeing as thoght both are huge chunks of our history. Chapters are EXTREMELY long.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2006
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I am a foreign student, and this is the first time that I study American History. The Seagull Edition of this book is great because it has all the written information and appendix from the regular volume and it costed less than half. Some people might miss the colored pictures, the maps or the extra margens to right notes, but this edition fitted my budget and i am enjoying it anyway.

Regarding the content, the information is presented clearly and very complete.
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on February 3, 2015
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It's the right version of the text needed for class, but whomever had it before me certainly went to town with a highlighter. Practically every paragraph of every page is colored. It's very distracting.
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on March 4, 2013
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The book was exaclty what I needed for my course. It is easy to follow and aligns with the study guide on the publishers site perfectly! The information is very interesting and a very easy read!
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on February 20, 2014
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Erik Foner is a good author and explains things very well, though sometimes I think he focuses on less important subjects too much.
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on December 18, 2013
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I know the book was a rental, but it look new. If you are looking to rent a book, rent from here (:
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on December 22, 2014
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Since it was bigger than I expected it, it made it much easier for reading!
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on November 6, 2014
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it was the right book
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on January 15, 2015
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Great conditions.
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