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Give Me Liberty!: An American History (Seagull Fourth Edition) (Vol. 2) 4th 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: An American History
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 4 edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393920313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393920314
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this to study for the US History 2 CLEP exam. It was totally sufficient for that, and very readable. Also nicely portable. The small publisher of this book is AWESOME and provides a ton of additional study material for FREE on their website. Absolutely recommend any text by this publisher.
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Ok, this is for a class. This is the vol2 from the Civil War forward. My only gripe is that this is a "brief" version, so for the sake of a class timeline, so far, there is no depth into certain important historical events. Then again, that self-explains the "brief" version. The author covers all the major events but if your looking for something in-depth on the topics, you may want to try his full version which is lengthy.
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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?
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More interesting than Brinkley's History books, but the format is much different. This isn't your typical text with side notes, pictures and keypoints thrown all over the place. It reads like an actual book explaining a timeline of events. I appreciated this, as well as the books size. I found it easier to read because my eyes weren't bouncing all over the place. I have no real complaints other than yes, it does tend to be wordy and drag a little sometimes, but the book is a credit to history from a clear perspective without the overbearing tone typical textbooks tend to have.
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There are some books that I have purchased, and have been disappointed, because of the way the book was formatted. To be honest, some books are just so difficult to understand. I find myself finishing the chapters, without knowing exactly what I read. Does that only happen to me? I'm assuming no. Give me Liberty, however, is nothing like those kinds of book! I'm thankful for books like this, that can explain complicated scenarios, into a simple & insightful way. The organization in this, is very good, and the chapters, are laid out in a format that helps, you to read through it smoothly. I tend to feel I am learning from a friend when I read this. There are so many different sources, book, etc. you can learn history from. Reading this book is a very good choice, when wanting to educate yourself and expand your mind! I will be recommending this!
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Great textbook as someone who has never taken US history. It was a genuinely good read and gave a lot of interesting detail. It also explained a lot of things that my professor neglected to explain (some American norms)
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I have never enjoyed a history class before. This book read almost like a novel. I love to read, and Eric Foner's simple narrative kept me reading. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've stayed up later than I should reading this because I couldn't put it down. I appreciated his focus on different generations' definitions of freedom, and the different themes that he returned to in each chapter. This was an excellent early resource for American history.
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Great history book. The author does a great job in describing historical events in a brief yet comprehensive manner. Goes good together with the book "Voices of a People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Highly recommended.
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