America, Empire of Liberty: A New History of the United States

America, Empire of Liberty: A New History of the United States

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by David Reynolds
     
 

"It was Thomas Jefferson who envisioned the United States as a great "empire of liberty." In this single volume history of the United States, prize-winning historian David Reynolds takes Jefferson's phrase as a key to the American saga. He examines how the anti-empire of 1776 became the greatest superpower the world has seen, how the country that offered liberty

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"It was Thomas Jefferson who envisioned the United States as a great "empire of liberty." In this single volume history of the United States, prize-winning historian David Reynolds takes Jefferson's phrase as a key to the American saga. He examines how the anti-empire of 1776 became the greatest superpower the world has seen, how the country that offered liberty and opportunity on a scale unmatched in Europe nevertheless founded its prosperity on the labor of black slaves and the dispossession of the Native Americans. He explains how these tensions between empire and liberty have often been resolved by faith - both the evangelical Protestantism that has energized U.S. politics since the founding of the nation and the larger faith in American righteousness that has impelled the country's expansion." In America, Empire of Liberty, the voices of the past speak for themselves. Not just presidents from Washington to Obama, but ordinary men and women - settlers and Native Americans, slaves and immigrants, soldiers and farmers, factory workers and suburban housewives. Reynolds celebrates America's technological achievements and social progress. He paints vivid pictures of Gettysburg's battlefield, Chicago's stockyards, and the civil rights struggle in Montgomery, Alabama. But he also asks difficult questions about the cost of American greatness, from the Trail of Tears to the Red Scare and the War on Terror.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465015009
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Introduction xi

Part I Liberty and Slavery

1 Natives and Europeans 3

2 Empire and Liberties 21

3 Independence and Republicanism 45

4 Liberty and Security 73

5 East and West 95

6 Slave or Free? 123

Part II Power and Progress

7 North and South 149

8 White and Black 177

9 Capital and Labor 197

10 Reform and Expansion 221

11 War and Peace 245

12 From Boom to Bomb 273

Part III Empire and Evil

13 Red or Dead? 307

14 Rights and Riots 335

15 The Impotence of Omnipotence 361

16 Détente and Discontent 389

17 Revolution and Democracy 417

18 Pride and Prejudice 441

Conclusion 469

Further Reading 479

Notes 493

Acknowledgments 547

Index 549

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