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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $64
  • January 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93551-6
  • 7.1 × 9.1 in / 914 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Give Me Liberty!

An American History

Brief Third Edition


Volume(s): One-Volume

Eric Foner (Author, Columbia University)


The leading United States History survey text, now available in a brief, full-color edition.

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. This streamlined edition, revised by author Eric Foner, is 30 percent shorter and includes a new pedagogical feature to help students read and review.


Written and revised by a single author

Give Me Liberty! is a single-author textbook written by the pre-eminent American historian of his generation. Eric Foner excels at showing students the big picture—how events and developments fit together like the pieces of a puzzle—without excessive detail. The Brief Edition delivers the same advantages as the full text, in a more concise and affordable format. The Brief Edition was revised and cut by the author himself, who pared detail without dropping important events or developments. The result is a cohesive work that carries the strengths of the full edition, but is 30 percent shorter.

New pedagogical design

The book’s strong but unobtrusive pedagogy is enhanced in the Brief Third Edition with marginal glosses, which function as chapter outlines on the page that guide students as they read. The brief edition retains much of the student-friendly design of the regular edition, including Chapter-Opening Vignettes, paired Voices of Freedom primary source documents, illustrations and maps, key terms, and end of chapter review material.

Retains the strengths of the full text

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

Balanced and up to date

Foner’s balanced synthesis represents the culmination of a generation of scholarship and is a model introduction to the field of history as it is currently practiced. Give Me Liberty! is very strong in all of the social-history fields that have flourished in this generation’s scholarship: African-American history, women’s history, Native American history, ethnic histories, family history, and other aspects of private life. It is also very strong in political history and gives due attention to the workings of power and those who wielded it. There is a brief update at the end of the book on the 2010 congressional elections and the uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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

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