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Book Title: Give Me Liberty!: An American History, Volume 2|
The author of the book: Eric Foner
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Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of issue: December 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9780393927849
Format files: PDF
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Could anything be duller than a textbook? No, but Foner's account of American history from the end of the Civil War until 2008 is a perfect mix of overview and detail that is like no textbook I was exposed to in my school days. Whereas U.S. history texts were once typically bland and broad, Give Me Liberty gets down to level of personalities.
A typical passage: "From the very outset of his administration, Clinton's political opponents and a scandal-hungry media stood ready to pounce. Clinton himself provided the ammunition."
I'm a student of American history, yet there were a number of things mentioned in this book that were new to me.
Foner devotes over 1000 pages to the 140 years covered, following the developing concept of liberty in the United States. Particular attention is paid to the status of blacks and women with significant Supreme Court decisions not just mentioned but explained.
This book, along with the companion Vol. 1 that I look forward to reading, will be a handy reference for the succinct summaries of different periods and political movements in the United States.
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Read information about the authorEric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, where he earned his B.A. and Ph.D. In his teaching and scholarship, Foner focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery, and nineteenth-century America. His Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877, won the Bancroft, Parkman, and Los Angeles Times Book prizes and remains the standard history of the period. His latest book published in 2010 is The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.
In 2006 Foner received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia University. He has served as president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians.
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