Give Me Liberty: A History of America's Exceptional Idea

Give Me Liberty: A History of America's Exceptional Idea

by Richard Brookhiser


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An award-winning historian recounts the history of American liberty through the stories of thirteen essential documents

Nationalism is inevitable: It supplies feelings of belonging, identity, and recognition. It binds us to our neighbors and tells us who we are. But increasingly — from the United States to India, from Russia to Burma — nationalism is being invoked for unworthy ends: to disdain minorities or to support despots. As a result, nationalism has become to many a dirty word.

In Give Me Liberty, award-winning historian and biographer Richard Brookhiser offers up a truer and more inspiring story of American nationalism as it has evolved over four hundred years. He examines America's history through thirteen documents that made the United States a new country in a new world: a free country. We are what we are because of them; we stay true to what we are by staying true to them.

Americans have always sought liberty, asked for it, fought for it; every victory has been the fulfillment of old hopes and promises. This is our nationalism, and we should be proud of it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541699137
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 152,707
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and the author of thirteen books, including John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, and James Madison. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Minutes Of The Jamestown General Assembly 9

2 Flushing Remonstrance 29

3 Trial Of John Peter Zenger 49

4 Declaration Of Independence 69

5 Constitution Of The New-York Manumission Society 89

6 Constitution 107

7 Monroe Doctrine 127

8 Seneca Falls Declaration 147

9 Gettysburg Address 167

10 The New Colossus 187

11 Cross Of Gold Speech 205

12 Arsenal Of Democracy Fireside Chat 223

13 Tear Down This Wall Speech 241

Conclusion 257

Acknowledgments 263

Bibliography 265

Notes 269

Index 279

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