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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $107.00
  • September 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93430-4
  • 1211 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Give Me Liberty!

An American History

Third Edition


Volume(s): One-Volume

Eric Foner (Author, Columbia University)


A clear, concise, up to date, authoritative history by one of the leading historians in the country.

Give Me Liberty! is the leading book in the market because it works in the classroom. A single-author book, Give Me Liberty! offers students a consistent approach, a single narrative voice, and a coherent perspective throughout the text. Threaded through the chronological narrative is the theme of freedom in American history and the significant conflicts over its changing meanings, its limits, and its accessibility to various social and economic groups throughout American history. The Third Edition places American history more fully in a global context. The pedagogy is also enhanced in the Third Edition, with a Visions of Freedom feature in each chapter and more extensive end-of-chapter review exercises.


A single-author book offers students a consistently clear and accessible synthesis of American history

Eric Foner excels at showing students the big picture—how events and developments fit together like the pieces of a puzzle—without cluttering the account with excessive detail. The single authorship of Give Me Liberty! results in a coherent, streamlined, and engaging narrative. 

The freedom theme

The primary task of the book is to deliver to students a clear, event-based narrative account of American history. The basic narrative is enriched throughout by the theme of American freedom—its changing meanings, its promise, its limits, and the continuing efforts of Americans to define it and achieve it. 

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A global context for American history

In the Third Edition, discussions of the global dimension of American history are integrated throughout the text, enriching the core national narrative without shifting the balance of the book away from American History. This new content is reinforced on StudySpace by over twenty new Author Insights that focus on the US in the world theme. 

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Ample primary source documents

Give Me Liberty! provides students will many opportunities to engage with primary sources, in the text, in the companion reader, and on StudySpace, the free student website.  

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Student-friendly pedagogy

The book’s strong but unobtrusive pedagogy is enhanced in the Third Edition with a more extensive set of end-of-chapter exercises, including more Key Terms and a new set of questions on the freedom theme.  

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Superior tools for students and instructors

The Third Edition is supported by the best emedia program in the field, with terrific materials for review, enrichment, and course management. The StudySpace website helps students access and analyze review materials, textbook coverage, and primary sources. StudySpace also features US History Tours, powered by GoogleEarth, 20 new Author Insights by Eric Foner, interactive maps and worksheets, chrono-sequencers, and more. Instructors have access to a full suite of resources for a dynamic classroom, including free coursepacks, state of the art test banks, and tools for lecture presentation. 

Standard Edition Contents | AP* Edition Contents

    Volume 1: Chapters 1-15

    Volume 2: Chapters 15-28

    Part 1: American Colonies to 1763

    Chapter 1: A New World
    Chapter 2: Beginnings of English America, 1607-1660
    Chapter 3: Creating Anglo-America, 1660-1750
    Chapter 4: Slavery, Freedom, and the Struggle for Empire, to 1763

    Part 2: A New Nation, 1763-1840

    Chapter 5: The American Revolution, 1763-1783
    Chapter 6: The Revolution Within
    Chapter 7: Founding a Nation, 1783-1789
    Chapter 8: Securing the Republic, 1790-1815
    Chapter 9: The Market Revolution, 1800-1840
    Chapter 10: Democracy in America, 1815-1840

    Part 3: Slavery, Freedom, and the Crisis of the Union, 1840-1877

    Chapter 11: The Peculiar Institution
    Chapter 12: An Age of Reform, 1820-1840
    Chapter 13: A House Divided, 1840-1861
    Chapter 14: A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865
    Chapter 15: "What Is Freedom?": Reconstruction, 1865-1877

    Part 4: Toward a Global Presence, 1870-1920

    Chapter 16: America's Gilded Age, 1870-1890
    Chapter 17: Freedom's Boundaries, at Home and Abroad, 1890-1900
    Chapter 18: The Progressive Era, 1900-1916
    Chapter 19: Safe for Democracy: The United States and World War I, 1916-1920

    Part 5: Depression and Wars, 1920-1953

    Chapter 20: From Business Culture to Great Depression: The Twenties, 1920-1932
    Chapter 21: The New Deal, 1932-1940
    Chapter 22: Fighting for the Four Freedoms: World War II, 1941-1945
    Chapter 23: The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1953

    Part 6: What Kind of Nation? 1953-2007

    Chapter 24: An Affluent Society, 1953-1960
    Chapter 25: The Sixties, 1960-1968
    Chapter 26: The Triumph of Conservatism, 1969-1988
    Chapter 27: Globalization and Its Discontents, 1989-2000
    Chapter 28: September 11 and the Next American Century