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Give Me Liberty! An American History

Give Me Liberty! An American History

By: Eric Foner
ISBN-10: 0393634450
/ ISBN-13: 9780393634457
Language: English
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Table of content:

List of Maps, Tables, and Figures xxiii
About the Author xxix
Preface xxxi
Acknowledgments xxxix
1 A New World 1
The First Americans 3
Indian Freedom, European Freedom 12
The Expansion of Europe 15
Contact 18
The Spanish Empire 23
The French and Dutch Empires 34
Voices off Freedom From Bartolomè de las Casas,’ History of the Indies (1528), and From “Declaration of Josephe” (December 19, 1681)… 36
2 Beginnings of English America, 1607-1660 46
England and the New World 48
The Coming of the English 53
Settling the Chesapeake 57
The New England Way 65
New Englanders Divided 72
Voices of Freedom From “The Trial of Anne Hutchinson” (1637), and From John Winthrop, Speech to the Massachusetts General Court (July 3, 1645)… 78
Religion, Politics, and Freedom 83
3 Creating Anglo America, 1660-1750 89
Global Competition and the Expansion of England’s Empire 90
Origins of American Slavery 97
Colonies in Crisis 105
The Growth of Colonial America 111
Voices of Freedom From Letter by a Swiss-German immigrant to Pennsylvania (August 23, 1769), and From Memorial against Non-English Immigration (December 1727)… 118
Social Classes in the Colonies 123
4 Slavery, Freedom, and the Struggle for Empire, to 1763 131
Slavery and Empire 134
Slave Cultures and Slave Resistance 143
An Empire of Freedom 148
The Public Sphere 152
The Great Awakening 160
Imperial Rivalries 163
Battle for the Continent 168
Voices of Freedom From Scarouyady, Speech to Pennsylvania Provincial Council (1756), and From Pontiac, Speeches (1762 and 1763)… 174
5 The American Revolution, 1763-1783 179
The Crisis Begins 180
The Road to Revolution 189
The Coming of Independence 193
Voices of Freedom From Samuel Seabury, an Alarm to the Legislature of the Province in New-York (1775), and From Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)… 202
Securing Independence 204
6 The Revolution within 216
Democratizing Freedom 218
Toward Religious Toleration 223
Defining Economic Freedom 228
The Limits of Liberty 232
Slavery and the Revolution 237
Daughters of Liberty 245
Voices of Freedom From Abigail Adams to John Adams, Braintree Mass (March 31, 1776), and From Petitions of Slaves to the Massachusetts Legislature (1773 and 1777)… 248
7 Founding A Nation, 1783-1791 253
America Under The Confederation 255
A New Constitution 263
The Ratification Debate and the Origin of the Bill of Rights 270
Voices of Freedom From David Ramsay, The History of the American Revolution (1789), and From James Winthrop, Anti-Federalist Essay Signed “Agrippa” (1787)… 276
“We The People” 279
8 Securing the Republic, 1791-1815 288
Politics in an Age of Passion 289
Voices of Freedom From Judith Sargent Murray, “on The Equality of the Sexes” (1790), and From Address of the Democratic-Republican Society of Pennsylvania (December 18, 1794)… 298
The Adams Presidency 301
Jefferson in Power 309
The “Second War of Independence” 316
9 The Market Revolution, 1800-1840 325
A New Economy 327
Market Society 337
The Free Individual 347
Voices of Freedom From Recollections of Harriet L. Noble (1824), and From “Factory Life as it is, by an Operative” (1845)… 354
The Limits of Prosperity 356
10 Democracy in America, 1815-1840 364
The Triumph of Democracy 366
Nationalism and its Discontents 373
Nation, Section, and Party 379
Voices of Freedom From The Memorial of the Non-Freeholders of the City of Richmond (1829), and From Appeal of Forty Thousand Citizens Threatened with Disfranchisement (1838)… 384
The Age of Jackson 387
The Bank War and After 397
11 The Peculiar Institution 404
The Old South 405
Life Under Slavery 418
Voices of Freedom From Letter by Joseph Taper to Joseph Long (1840), and From “Slavery and the Bible” (1850)… 422
Slave Culture 428
Resistance to Slavery 433
12 An Age of Reform, 1820-1840 441
The Reform Impulse 442
The Crusade against Slavery 452
Black and White Abolitionism 459
The Origins of Feminism 464
Voices of Freedom From Angelina Grimké, Letter in The Liberator (August 2, 1837), and From Catharine Beecher, An Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism (1837)… 470
13 A House Divided, 1840-1861 476
Fruits of Manifest Destiny 477
A Dose of Arsenic 490
The Rise of the Republican Party 498
The Emergence of Lincoln 503
Voices of Freedom From The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1858)… 510
The Impending Crisis 514
14 A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865 519
The First Modem War 521
The Coming of Emancipation 529
The Second American Revolution 536
Voices of Freedom From Frederick Douglass, Men of Color to Arms (1863), and From Abraham Lincoln, Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore (April 18, 1864)… 544
The Confederate Nation 549
Turning Points 554
Rehearsals for Reconstruction and the End of the War 556
15 “What is Freedom?”: Reconstruction, 1865-1877 564
The Meaning of Freedom 566
Voices of Freedom From Petition of Committee in Behalf of the Freedmen to Andrew Johnson (1865), and From A Sharecropping Contract (1886)… 576
The Making of Radical Reconstruction 579
Radical Reconstruction in the South 590
The Overthrow of Reconstruction 594
16 America’s Gilded Age, 1870-1890 603
The Second Industrial Revolution 605
The Transformation of the West 613
Voices of Freedom From Speech of Chief Joseph of the Nez Percé Indians, in Washington, D.C. (1879), and From Letter by Saum Song Bo, American Missionary (October 1885) … 622
Politics in a Gilded Age 629
Freedom in the Gilded Age 634
Labor and the Republic 639
17 Freedom’s Boundaries, at Home and Abroad, 1890-1900 649
The Populist Challenge 651
The Segregated South 659
Redrawing the Boundaries 669
Voices of Freedom From Booker T. Washington, Address at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition (1895), and From W. E. B. Du Bois, “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington, and Others” (1903)… 674
Becoming a World Power 677
18 The Progressive Era, 1900-1916 691
An Urban Age and a Consumer Society 694
Varieties of Progressivism 703
Voices of Freedom From Charlotte Perkins Oilman, Women and Economics (1898), and From John Mitchell, “The Workingman’s Conception of Industrial Liberty” (1910)… 710
The Politics of Progressivism 715
The Progressive Presidents 724
19 Safe for Democracy: The United States and World War I, 1916-1920 734
An Era of Intervention 737
America and the Great War 742
The War at Home 746
Who Is an American? 755
Voices of Freedom From Woodrow Wilson, War Message to Congress (1917), and From Eugene V. Debs, Speech to the Jury before Sentencing under the Espionage Act (1918)… 756
1919 767
20 From Business Culture to Great Depression: The Twenties, 1920-1932 779
The Business of America 782
Business and Government 789
Voices of Freedom From Lucian W. Parrish, Speech in Congress on Immigration (1921), and From Majority Opinion, Justice James C. McReynolds, in Meyer v. Nebraska (1923) 792
The Birth of Civil Liberties 795
The Culture Wars 799
The Great Depression 810
21 The New Deal, 1932-1940 818
The First New Deal 821
The Grassroots Revolt 830
The Second New Deal 835
A Reckoning with Liberty 838
Voices of Freedom From Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat” (1934), and From John Steinbeck, The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to The Grapes of Wrath (1938)… 842
The Limits of Change 845
A New Conception of America 852
22 Fighting for the Four Freedoms: World War II, 1941-1945 861
Fighting-World War II 864
The Home Front 873
Visions of Postwar Freedom 880
The American Dilemma 884
Voices of Freedom From League of United Latin American Citizens, “World War II and Mexican Americans” (1945), and From Charles H. Wesley, “The Negro Has Always Wanted the Four Freedoms.” in What the Negro Wants (1944)… 888
The End of the War 898
23 The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1953 905
Origins of the Cold War 908
The Cold War and the Idea of Freedom 917
The Truman Presidency 922
The Anticommunist Crusade 927
Voices of Freedom From Joseph R. McCarthy, Speech at Wheeling (1950), and From Margaret Chase Smith, Speech in the Senate (1950)… 936
24 An Affluent Society, 1953-1960 940
The Golden Age 942
The Eisenhower Era 957
The Freedom Movement 968
Voices of Freedom From Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Montgomery, Alabama (December 5, 1955), and From The Southern Manifesto (1956)… 970
The Election of 1960 979
25 The Sixties, 1960-1968 983
The Civil Rights Revolution 985
The Kennedy Years 989
Lyndon Johnson’s Presidency 992
The Changing Black Movement 999
Vietnam and the New Left 1002
Voices of Freedom From Barry Goldwater, Speech at Republican National Convention (1964), and From Statement of Purpose, National Organization for Women (1966)… 1010
The New Movements and the Rights Revolution 1014
1968 1024
26 The Triumph of Conservatism, 1969-1988 1030
President Nixon 1031
Vietnam and Watergate 1039
The End of the Golden Age 1043
The Rising Tide of Conservatism 1052
The Reagan Revolution 1058
Voices of Freedom From Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle (1971), and From Richard E. Blakemore, Report on the Sagebrush Rebellion (1979)… 1060
27 From Triumph to Tragedy, 1989-2001 1071
The Post-Cold War World 1073
Globalization and its Discontents 1080
Culture Wars 1086
Voices of Freedom From Bill Clinton, Speech on Signing of NAFTA (1993), and From Global Exchange, Seattle, Declaration for Global Democracy (December 1993)… 1088
Impeachment and the Election of 2000 1102
The Attacks of September 11 1105
28 A New Century and New Crises 1109
The War on Terror 1110
An American Empire? 1113
The Aftermath of September 11 at Home 1117
The Winds of Change 1120
Voices of Freedom From Opinion of the Court in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), and From Barack, Obama, Eulogy at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (2015)… 1130
Obama in Office 1136
The Obama Presidency 1141
Freedom in the Twenty-First Century 1150
Suggested Reading A-1
The Declaration of Independence (1776) A-41
The Constitution of the United States (1787) A-45
Glossary A-65
Credits A-99
Index A-103


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