The Story of American Freedom

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Freedom: a promised land, a battleground, America's cultural bond and fault line. The Declaration of Independence lists liberty among mankind's inalienable rights; the Constitution was framed to secure liberty's blessings. The United States bought the Civil War to bring about a new birth of freedom, World War II for the Four Freedoms, and the Cold War to defend the Free World.In Eric Foner's stirring history, freedom's story unfolds through aspiration and sacrifice, its meaning shaped not only in congressional debates and political treatises, but on plantations and picket lines, in parlors and bedrooms. Its cast of characters ranges from Thomas Jefferson to Margaret Sanger to Franklin D. Roosevelt; from former slaves seeking to breathe real meaning into emancipation to the union organizers, freedom riders, and women's rights advocates of our time.This landmark history shows the story of American freedom to be not a mythic saga but a vital, open-ended tale of accomplishment and failure, a record of a people forever contending over the crucial ideas of their political culture.

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Freedom, Eric Foner writes, is "the oldest of clichés and the most modern of aspirations." But what does it mean to be free? For the people of the United States, the concept of "freedom"--and its counterpart, "liberty"--have had widely differing meanings over the centuries. The Story of American Freedom, therefore, "is not a mythic saga with a predetermined beginning and conclusion, but an open-ended history of accomplishment and failure, a record of a people forever contending about the crucial ideas of their political culture."

Foner begins with the colonial era, when the Puritans believed that liberty was rooted in voluntary submission to God and civil authorities, and consisted only in the right to do good. John Locke, too, would argue that liberty did not consist of the lack of restraint, but of "a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power." Foner reveals the ideological conflicts that lay at the heart of the American Revolution and the Civil War, the shifts in thought about what freedom is and to whom it should apply. Adeptly charting the major trends of 20th-century American politics--including the invocation of freedom as a call to arms in both world wars--Foner concludes by contrasting the two prevalent movements of the 1990s: the liberal articulation of freedom, grounded in Johnson's Great Society and the rhetoric of the New Left, as the provision of civil rights and economic opportunity for all citizens, and the conservative vision, perhaps most fully realized during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, of a free-market economy and decentralized political power. The Story of American Freedom is a sweeping synthesis, delivered in clearheaded language that makes the ongoing nature of the American dream accessible to all readers. --Ron Hogan

About the Author:

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is the prize-winning author of many books, including the landmark work Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution and A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln, available in Norton paperback.

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Descrizione libro W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. Collectible: A masterful history of America focused on its animating impulse --freedom-- & the continuing struggles of Americans to define it & achieve it . . . superb historical analysis & writing from one of America's preeminent historians: New hardcover, Stated First Edition with full no. line confirming 1st printing, new unclipped mylar-protected jacket w/ unblemished edges & corners, new cover w/ black linen wrapping spine & extending 1.86" onto front & back panels covered in excellent silver-gray paper w/ excellent sharp edges & corners & w/ titles slivered-green-stamped on spine, impeccable text-block exterior w/ smooth-cut top & bottom edges & w/ cut-page-style side-edging, new sewn binding w tight signatures, immaculate cream-white end-papers on heavy stock, pristine interior handsomely printed on excellent paper * 6.50" x 9.50" x 1.42", 0.74 kg, xxii+422 (444) pp. * Freedom: From the Revolution to our own time, freedom has been a promised land & a battleground, America's strongest cultural bond & it most perilous fault line. Freedom is the value we hold most dear: The Declaration of Independence lists liberty among mankind's inalienable rights; the Constitution announces as its purpose to secure liberty's blessings. The United States fought the Civil War to bring about a new birth of freedom, World War II for the four freedoms, & the Cold War to defend the Free World. But over the course of our history, freedom has been a living truth for some Americans & a cruel mockery for others. In Eric Foner's stirring history, the story of freedom is not the simple unfolding of a timeless truth, but an open-ended history of accomplishment & failure. Its impetus lies in the aspirations & sacrifice of millions of Americans, celebrated & anonymous, who have sought the blessings of freedom. Its meaning is shaped not only in congressional debates & political treatises, but on plantations & picket lines, in parlors & bedrooms. Its cast of characters ranges from Thomas Jefferson to Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Franklin D. Roosevelt & Ronald Reagan, from former slaves seeking to breathe real meaning into emancipation to the union organizers, freedom riders & women's rights advocates of our time. Told w/ verve & insight by one of our most acclaimed historians, "The Story of American Freedom" is a landmark American history for all readers. * Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, & the Los Angeles Times Book Award); "Free Soil, Free labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War"; "Tom Paine & Revolutionary America"; & other major works in American history. He is past president of the Organization of American Historians. * "This is an extraordinary undertaking. Eric Foner has done a brilliant job of making the long & tangled history of the idea of freedom coherent & accessible, in the process accomplishing something that historians have talked about for decades & never managed to do. He has written a synthesis of American history that incorporates the new discoveries of recent scholarship & the much more complicated vision of our past that the new scholarship has created; & he has still made the story seem somehow whole. . . . a truly remarkable book." - Alan Brinkley, Columbia University. Codice libro della libreria 006210

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