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Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, Vol. 1, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Eric Foner
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July 19, 2004 0393931064 978-0393931068 2nd

Edited by Eric Foner and coordinated with each chapter of the text, this companion to Give Me Liberty! includes 139 primary-source documents touching on the theme of American freedom.

The freedom theme is explored in the words of well-known historical figures and ordinary Americans. Each document is accompanied by an introductory headnote and study questions.

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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. Eric’s most recent book was a Norton trade book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, which won the Pulitzer, Lincoln, and Bancroft prizes.

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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd edition (July 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393931064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393931068
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,523 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Only needed if instructer requires February 14, 2014
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This book is a good source of historical documents; however, it not needed for U.S. History courses unless the instructor requires it. I bought this to supplement the many papers I wrote, but I rarely used it and depended on library books instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Voices of Freedom January 14, 2011
By Navocar
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This was an excellent source of history from letters, essays, journal entries and other forms of personal communication written from some of the greatest historical figures of our time. From Fredrick Douglas to jailhouse interviews of Nat Turner, this book portrays historical events from a personal and not a textbook perspective. At first I didn't understand the necessity of this book that goes along with the textbook, "Give Me Liberty" but after taking the class, I realized the importance of this book in that it compliments the textbook by giving it a personal touch. An excellent read. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a textbook April 5, 2010
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This textbook, by Foner is now required for quite a few history classes in the states, but t also seems to offer a more complete view of U.S. History than we students are used to. Even if you're buying this cause it's required, if you enjoy history, you'll find this book insightful and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting! November 29, 2011
By Dominic
I am normally not one to enjoy assigned reading in classes. In this case, though, I actually really did. It's organized well, has fantastic little supplements to each document that really help you understand what's going on. Even though the class I used this for was a year ago, I still use documents from the book (my favorite is one of Abigail Adams' letters) when teaching my Social Studies class.
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