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Give Me Liberty!: An American History (First Edition, Seagull Edition) (Vol. One-Volume) Paperback – November 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0393927825 ISBN-10: 0393927822 Edition: First Edition, Seagull Edition

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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: Seagull Edition
  • Paperback: 981 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition, Seagull Edition edition (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393927822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393927825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,155 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Along Red River of the North on July 19, 2008
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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."
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Arjona on November 5, 2006
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It is a book that has all the facts of US History. It gives extra details to place every detail given in the right place. It is also very easy to read and would go along great with a lecture class. Personally I read this book with Howard Zinn side by side so I could get the facts and opinion at the same time. Very good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TumericTJ on April 26, 2014
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Serious scholarship and that shows the pros and cons of different historical conditions is a welcome component of this concise history introduction.
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By Anonymous on December 3, 2012
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This product was offered at a great price, which was great since I originally purchased the newest copy from the college bookstore (for much more). Although this is an older version, much of the material is the same with only minor changes plus it covers three classes worth of material. So thankful to find this for such a great price!
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By tranky on April 8, 2011
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History has always been a bore to me but I needed this book for a class. For the price and condition of the book, it is a good buy. It was easy to read but in the end, I still don't love reading history books.
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Great purchase. The book came with a few sticky notes but besides that it was in a great condition. Now I can complete my outlines anywhere and I don't have to carry around my huge textbook.
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Great history book for students from High school on up...Eric Foner is probably one of the best historians that I have ever had the opportunity to read his works...Keep it up MR FONER.
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Due to user error (mine), I ordered the wrong edition. However, the book is still a fantastic and historical novelty that will keep you engaged through boring lectures.
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