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Give Me Liberty!: An American History / Edition 3

Give Me Liberty!: An American History / Edition 3

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by Eric Foner

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ISBN-10: 0393935523

ISBN-13: 9780393935523

Pub. Date: 01/31/2012

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Foner (history, Columbia University) surveys American history from European exploration to the present in this visually appealing text for undergraduates with no previous courses in history. The text emphasizes interconnections between political, social, cultural, and economic history, and incorporates the experiences of women, African Americans, and working people


Foner (history, Columbia University) surveys American history from European exploration to the present in this visually appealing text for undergraduates with no previous courses in history. The text emphasizes interconnections between political, social, cultural, and economic history, and incorporates the experiences of women, African Americans, and working people within the context of major events and prominent leaders. Learning features include chapter outlines, excerpts from primary sources, chronologies, and review questions. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Figures xii

About the Author xv

Preface xvi

Acknowledgments xxiii

15 "What is Freedom?": Reconstruction, 1665-1877 564

The Meaning of Freedom 566

Voices of Freedom From Petition of Committee in Behalf of the Freedmen to Andrew Johnson (1865), and From A Sharecropping Contract (1866) … 576

The Making of Radical Reconstruction 579

Radical Reconstruction in the South 590

The Overthrow of Reconstruction 594

16 America's Gilded Age, 1870-1890 603

The Second Industrial Revolution 605

The Transformation of the West 613

Voices of Freedom From Speech of Chief Joseph of the Nes Fercé Indians, in Washington, D.C. (1879), and From Letter by Saum Song Bo, American Missionary (October 1885) … 622

Politics in a Gilded Age 629

Freedom in the Gilded Age 634

Labor and the Republic 639

17 Freedom's Boundaries, at home and Abroad, 1890-1900 649

The Populist Challenge 651

The Segregated South 659

Redrawing the Boundaries 669

Voices of Freedom From Booker T. Washington, Address at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition (1896), and From W. E. B. Du Bois, "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others" (1903) … 674

Becoming a World Power 677

18 The Progressive Era, 1800-1916 691

An Urban Age and a Consumer Society 694

Varieties of Progressivism 703

Voices of Freedom From Charlotte Perkings Gilman, Women and Economics (1898), and From John Mitchell, "The Workingman's Conception of Industrial Liberty" (1910) … 710

The Politics of Progressivism 715

The Progressive Presidents 724

19 Safe for Democracy: The United States and World War I, 1916-1920 734

An Era of Intervention 737

America and the Great War 742

The War at Home 746

Who Is an American? 755

Voices of Freedom From Woodrow Wilson, War Message to Congress (1917), and From Eugene V. Debs, Speech to the Jury before Sentencing under the Espionage Act (1918) … 756

1919 767

20 From Business Culture to Great Depression: The Twenties, 1920-1932 779

The Business of America 782

Business and Government 789

Voices of Freedom From Lucian W. Parrish, Speech in Congress on Immigration (1921), and From Majority Opinion, Justice James C. McReyoolds, in Meyer v. Nebraska (1923) … 792

The Birth of Civil Liberties 795

The Culture Wars 799

The Great Depression 810

21 The New Deal, 1932-1940 818

The First New Deal 821

The Grassroots Revolt 830

The Second New Deal 835

A Reckoning with Liberty 838

Voices of Freedom From Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Fireside Chat" (1934), and From John Steinbeck, The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath (1938) … 842

The Limits of Change 845

A Wow Conception of America 852

22 Fighting for the Four Freedoms: World War II, 1941-1945 861

Fighting World War II 864

The Home Front 873

Visions of Postwar Freedom 880

The American

Dilemma 884

Voices of freedom From Leagued of United Latin American Citizens, "World War II and Mexican Americans" (1945), and From Charles H. Wesley, "The Negro Has Always Wanted, the Four Freedoms," in What the Negro Wants (1944) … 888

The End of the War 898

23 The United States and the Cold Ward, 1945-1953 905

Origins of the Cold War 908

The Cold War and the Idea of Freedom 917

The Truman Presidency 922

The Anticommunist Crusade 927

Voices of Freedom From Joseph R. McCarthy, Speech at Wheeling (1950), and From Margaret Chase Smith, Speech in the Senate (1350) … 936

24 An Affluent Society, 1953-1960 940

The Golden Age 942

The Eisenhower Era 957

The Freedom Movement 968

Voices of Freedom From Martin Luther King Jr. Speech at Montgomery, Alabama (December 5, 1955), and From The Southern Manifesto (1956) … 970

The Election of 1960 979

25 The Sixties, 1960-1969 983

The Civil Rights Revolution 985

The Kennedy Years 989

Lyndon Johnson's Presidency 992

The Changing Black Movement 999

Vietnam and the New Left 1002

Voices of Freedom from Barry Goldwater, Speech at Republican National Convention (1964), and From Statement of Purpose, National Organization for Women (1966) … 1010

The New Movements and the Rights Revolution 1014

1968 1024

26 The Triumph of Conservatism, 1969-1988 1030

President Nixon 1031

Vietnam and Watergate 1039

The End of the Golden Age 1043

The Rising Tide of Conservatism 1052

The Reagan Revolution 1058

Voices of Freedom From Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle (1971), and From Richard E. Blakemore, Report on the Sagebrush Rebellion (1979) … 1060

27 From Triumph to Tragedy, 1989-2001 1071

The Post-Cold War World 1073

Globalization and Its Discontents 1080

Culture Wars 1086

Voices of Freedom From Bill Clinton, Speech on Signing of NAFTA (1993), and From Global Exchange, Seattle, Declaration for Global Democracy (December 1999) … 1086

Impeachment and the Election of 2000 1102

The Attacks of September 11 1105

28 A New Century and New Crises 1109

The War on Terror 1110

An American Empire? 1113

The Aftermath of September 11 at Home 1117

The Winds of Change 1120

Voices of Freedom From Opinion of the Court in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), and From Barack Obama. Eulogy at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (2015) … 1130

Obama in Office 1136

The Obama Presidency 1141

Freedom in the Twenty-First Century 1150

Suggested Reading A-1

The Declaration of Independence (1776) A-23

The Constitution of the United States (1787) A-27

Glossary A-47

Credits A-81

Index A-83

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Give Me Liberty!: An American History 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author issues so many vague generalities, you'd think it was an elementary school textbook. Honestly, page after page of passive sentences-tough to see what anyone would learn from the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous 24 days ago
The coverage of many historical events in this chapter have an absurd slant. While I do consider myself a progressive, I still care about the actual history being correctly portrayed. I particularly had a problem with the depiction of America's "cruelty" in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Important information is intentionally left out in order to make the reader sympathize with non-Americans. For example, in the actual manuscript, the predicted death toll (had the U.S. not dropped the bomb) was 250,000-1,000,000. This book has it as being "as many as 250,000 American lives." This extremely important information is left out, and creates a very obviously intentional informational bias. This is upsetting as it incorrectly portrays a very important part of history, and invalidates an instrumental fact in the justification of the use of nuclear weaponry, simplifying it down in order to dilute the actual facts. The book portrays Japan as being "near surrender" when in reality at the time their land army was as strong as ever with no evidence of surrendering any time soon. There is no coverage of Operation Downfall, which had, in large part, +1,000,000 man projected casualties, which are important to bring to light given that they are a crucial point in the debate over the bombing controversy. It is also interestingly left out of the book that Hiroshima was an important army depot and embarkation point for the Japanese army. So why does Foner portray Hiroshima as a harmless civilian city? The wording used, such as "Truman did not hesitate. The bomb was a weapon, and weapons are created to be used" is so completely baseless and entirely an appeal to emotion. There was much deliberation over the bombs usage, and this portrayal is laughably inaccurate. The fact that many of these important parts of the historical events are left out is truly absurd, and disappointing that such important aspects of this event are left out of what is supposed to be an unbiased account of history.
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cloudyCA More than 1 year ago
Got the book for History 12 college class. It was a great supplement to the in class lectures. It gave a different perspective on historic events.