Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas / Edition 1
  • Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas / Edition 1
  • Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas / Edition 1

Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas / Edition 1

by David Hackett Fischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195162536

ISBN-13: 9780195162530

Pub. Date: 10/18/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Liberty and freedom: Americans agree that these values are fundamental to our nation, but what do they mean? How have their meanings changed through time? In this new volume of cultural history, David Hackett Fischer shows how these varying ideas form an intertwined strand that runs through the core of American life.
Fischer examines liberty and freedom not

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Overview

Liberty and freedom: Americans agree that these values are fundamental to our nation, but what do they mean? How have their meanings changed through time? In this new volume of cultural history, David Hackett Fischer shows how these varying ideas form an intertwined strand that runs through the core of American life.
Fischer examines liberty and freedom not as philosophical or political abstractions, but as folkways and popular beliefs deeply embedded in American culture. Tocqueville called them "habits of the heart." From the earliest colonies, Americans have shared ideals of liberty and freedom, but with very different meanings. Like DNA these ideas have transformed and recombined in each generation.
The book arose from Fischer's discovery that the words themselves had differing origins: the Latinate "liberty" implied separation and independence. The root meaning of "freedom" (akin to "friend") connoted attachment: the rights of belonging in a community of freepeople. The tension between the two senses has been a source of conflict and creativity throughout American history.
Liberty & Freedom studies the folk history of those ideas through more than 400 visions, images, and symbols. It begins with the American Revolution, and explores the meaning of New England's Liberty Tree, Pennsylvania's Liberty Bells, Carolina's Liberty Crescent, and "Don't Tread on Me" rattlesnakes. In the new republic, the search for a common American symbol gave new meaning to Yankee Doodle, Uncle Sam, Miss Liberty, and many other icons. In the Civil War, Americans divided over liberty and freedom. Afterward, new universal visions were invented by people who had formerly been excluded from a free society—African Americans, American Indians, and immigrants. The twentieth century saw liberty and freedom tested by enemies and contested at home, yet it brought the greatest outpouring of new visions, from Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms to Martin Luther King's "dream" to Janis Joplin's "nothin' left to lose."
Illustrated in full color with a rich variety of images, Liberty and Freedom is, literally, an eye-opening work of history—stimulating, large-spirited, and ultimately, inspiring.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195162530
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/18/2004
Series:
America: a cultural history Series, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
864
Sales rank:
1,195,210
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : a conversation with Captain Preston1
Early America : visions of the founders, 1607-177517
A republic united : the serach for a common vision, 1776-1840119
A nation divided : freedom against liberty, 1840-1912247
A world at war : a free society and its enemies, 1916-1945419
A people among others : global visions of liberty and freedom, 1945-2004559
Conclusion : the view from Tocqueville's terrace714

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