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LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, CONCISE 5e, offers readers a clear, concise understanding of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The authors promote this understanding by telling the story of America through the lens of three major themes: liberty, equality, and power. This approach helps users understand not only the impact of the notions of liberty and equality, which are often associated with the American story, but also how dominant and subordinate groups have affected and been affected by the ever-shifting balance of power.
Posted August 23, 2002
A comprehensive but flawed representation of 'American' history. Poor scholarship...(eg attributing 'entangling alliances' to Geo Washington's Farewell when the term is actually from Jefferson's First Inaugural), and political correctness abound...(eg, in a section dealing with early contacts btw natives and Europeans...'Christians were shocked by human sacrifice and found cannabalism revolting, but Indians (sic) regarded certain European practices with equal horror. Between 1500 and 1700, Europeans burned or hanged up to 100.000 people, usually old women for conversing with the wrong spirits-that is, for witchcraft. To the Indians, such executions looked like human sacrifices to placate an angry Christian God.'...I guess the 'Indians' found out about the witch hunts and the Inquisition by checking the Internet...). If you've read Joseph Ellis, ('Founding Brothers', 'American Sphinx') or David McCullough, ('John Adams') you won't care for this. I had to buy this book - it's my college text, (went back to college after my 65th birthday). A sure trade-in.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2001
This book is a great book that outlines the history of American history. The book provides students with a framework through which to view all of the fascinatiing moments and diverse individuals that 'live' in the American past.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.