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Edited by Eric Foner and coordinated with each chapter of the text, this companion to Give Me Liberty! includes 139 primary-source documents touching on the theme of American freedom. The freedom theme is explored in the words of well-known historical figures and ordinary Americans. Each document is accompanied by an introductory headnote and study questions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393925043
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Foner is the preeminent historian of his generation, highly respected by historians of every stripe—whether they specialize in political history or social history. His books have won the top awards in the profession, and he has been president of both major history organizations: the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He has worked on every detail of Give Me Liberty!, which displays all of his trademark strengths as a scholar, teacher, and writer. A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, he regularly teaches the nineteenth-century survey at Columbia University, where he is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. In 2011, Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize.

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Table of Contents

Preface     xiii
New World
Bartolome de las Casas on Spanish Treatment of the Indians, from History of the Indies (1528)     3
An Argument for Colonization, from A Discourse Concerning Western Planting (1584)     7
The Levellers, The Agreement of the People Presented to the Council of the Army (1647)     10
English Liberties, or the Free-Born Subject's Inheritance (1680)     14
American Beginnings, 1607-1650
Complaint of an Indentured Servant (1756)     17
Maryland Act Concerning Religion (1644)     19
Slave Conspiracy in Virginia (1709)     22
Speech to the Massachusetts General Court (1645)     25
The Trial of Anne Hutchinson (1637)     28
Crisis and Expansion: North American Colonies, 1650-1750
The Pueblo Revolt (1680)     36
New York Charter of Liberties and Privileges (1683)     40
William Penn on Religious Liberty, from England's Present Interests Discovered (1675)     44
Nathaniel Bacon on Bacon's Rebellion (1676)     48
Letter by an Immigrant to Pennsylvania (1769)     53
Slavery, Freedom, and the Struggle for Empire, to 1763
Olaudah Equiano on Slavery (1789)     56
The Independent Reflector on Limited Monarchy and Liberty (1752)     61
The Trial of John Peter Zenger (1735)     65
Pontiac, Two Speeches (1762-1763)     69
The American Revolution, 1763-1783
Virginia Resolutions on the Stamp Act (1765)     73
Petition of North Carolina Regulators (1769)     76
Association of the New York Sons of Liberty (1773)     80
Farmington, Connecticut, Resolutions on the Intolerable Acts (1774)     84
Common Sense (1776)     86
The Revolution Within
Abigail and John Adams on Women and the American Revolution (1776)     94
The Right of "Free Suffrage" (1776)     97
An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom (1785)     100
Liberating Indentured Servants (1784)     103
Petition of Slaves to the Massachusetts Legislature (1777)     105
Founding a Nation, 1783-1789
Petition of Inhabitants West of the Ohio River (1785)     108
The Federalist, No. 51 (1787)     110
James Winthrop on the Anti-Federalist Argument (1787)     114
A July 4th Oration (1800)     118
Securing the Republic, 1790-1815
William Manning on the Nature of Free Government (1799)     122
Address of the Democratic-Republican Society of Pennsylvania (1794)     127
"On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790)     130
Farewell Address (1796)     135
George Tucker on Gabriel's Rebellion (1801)     140
Tecumseh on Indians and Land (1810)     143
The Market Revolution
"A Second Peep at Factory Life" (1840)     146
"The American Scholar" (1837)     149
Walden (1854)     154
"Sinners Bound to Change Their Own Hearts" (1836)     158
"The Laboring Classes" (1840)     163
Democracy in America, 1815-1840
"The Memorial of the Non-Freeholders of the City of Richmond" (1829)     167
John Quincy Adams on the Role of the National Government (1825)     171
John C. Calhoun on the Concurrent Majority (ca. 1845)     176
Appeal of the Cherokee Nation (1830)     179
Veto of the Bank Bill (1832)     182
The Peculiar Institution
Speeches in Congress (1837-1838)     186
Frederick Douglass on the Desire for Freedom (1845)     190
Letter by a Fugitive Slave (1840)     193
The Confessions of Nat Turner(1831)     195
An Age of Reform, 1820-1840
"The First Discourse on a New System of Society" (1825)     201
Philip Schaff on Freedom as Self-Restraint (1855)     205
Opening Editorial of The Liberator (1831)     209
Frederick Douglass on the Fourth of July (1852)     212
Angelina Grimke on Women's Rights, from The Liberator (1837)      218
Declaration of Sentiments of the Seneca Falls Convention (1848)     222
A House Divided, 1840-1861
"Resistance to Civil Government" (1849)     227
"Freedom of the Soil" (1844)     232
"The Irrepressible Conflict" (1858)     234
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1858)     238
South Carolina Ordinance of Secession (1860)     242
A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865
Letter of a Civil War Soldier (1864)     247
The Gettysburg Address (1863)     250
Frederick Douglass on Black Soldiers (1863)     252
Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore (1864)     256
Mary Livermore on Women and the War (1883)     259
"Wat Is Freedom?": Reconstruction, 1865-1877
Colloquy with Colored Ministers (1865)     263
Petition of Committee in Behalf of the Freedmen to Andrew Johnson (1865)     267
Sidney Andrews on the White South and Black Freedom (1866)     270
"Home Life" (ca. 1875)     274
Robert B. Elliott on Civil Rights (1874)     278
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