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Give Me Liberty!: An American History (Seagull Fourth Edition) (Vol. 2) 4th 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 ›
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This book has so much to offer in the political realm. I have learned so much while reading this book. I will be purchasing this book for my own mini library.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Overall a good read, I purchased this book after seeing that it was a requirement for a history class that I took in community college. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Giovanni L.
perfect condition! too bad I didn't use it much because I'm a bad student :(Published 6 days ago by Cas
Required text for American History at college. I was familiar with the post-Civil War era but I learned quite a bit by just sitting down and pre-reading this book before my classes... Read morePublished 27 days ago by LibraryNargle