Give Me Liberty

Give Me Liberty

by Christopher L Webber
Give Me Liberty

Give Me Liberty

by Christopher L Webber

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Overview

"Give me liberty," demanded Patrick Henry, "or give me death!" Henry's words continue to echo in American history and that quote, and the speech it comes from, remains one of the two or three known to almost every American. The other speeches that have become part of our American collective consciousness all have one theme in common: liberty. These feats of oration seem to trace the evolution of America's definition of liberty, and to whom it applies. But what exactly is liberty?Give Me Liberty looks at these great speeches and provides the historical context, focusing attention on particular individuals who summed up the issues of their own day in words that have never been forgotten. Webber gleans lessons from the past centuries that will allow us to continue to strive for the ideals of liberty in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605987125
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 464
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Christopher Webber is the author of more than two dozen books, including Reinventing Marriage and Beyond Beowulf. A graduate of Princeton University and a priest of the Episcopal Church, Webber has served parishes in New York and Connecticut and has also written several hymns. His interest in James W. C. Pennington developed while compiling A Yearbook of American Saints. Webber lives with his wife on an old farm in northwestern Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Defining Freedom ix

1 Patrick Henry 1736-1799 1

Give me liberty or give me death

2 Daniel Webster 1782-1852 28

Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable

3 The Abolitionists: James W. C. Pennington c. 1807-1870 57

God of Liberty, save us from this clause

Wendell Phillips 1811-1884 66

I am a fanatic

Frederick Douglass 1818-1895 78

Freedom… is the right to choose

4 The Suffragists

Angelina Grimké 1805-1879 91

Deliver me from the oppression of men

Abby Kelley Foster 1811-1887 102

Bloody feet, sisters, have worn smooth the path by which you have come hither

Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815-1902 114

No just government can be formed without the consent of the governed

5 Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 126

A new nation, conceived in liberty

6 William Jennings Bryan 1860-1925 168

You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold

7 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1882-1945 205

The only thing we have to fear it fear itself

8 Adlai E. Stevenson 1900-1965 250

A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular

9 Ronald Reagan 1911-2004 294

Man is not free unless government is limited

10 Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968 340

I have a dream

Epilogue 385

Bibliography 391

Endnotes 397

Index 413

Acknowledgments 420

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