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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $115.00
  • October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92026-0
  • 1304 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Give Me Liberty!

An American History

Fourth Edition


Volume(s): One-Volume

Eric Foner (Author, Columbia University)


It’s the leading text in the field because it works in the classroom.

Clear, concise, integrated, and up-to-date, Give Me Liberty! is a proven success with teachers and students. Eric Foner pulls the pieces of the past together into a cohesive picture, using the theme of freedom throughout. The Fourth Edition features stronger coverage of American religion, a new design, and a reinforced pedagogical program aimed at fostering effective reading and study skills.


A consistently clear, balanced, and accessible synthesis of American history

The single authorship of Give Me Liberty! results in a coherent, streamlined, authoritative, and engaging narrative. Eric Foner excels at showing students the big picture—how events and developments fit together—without excessive detail. The narrative strikes the balance between political and social history: attentive to the importance of political power and to the impact of social movements acting in the public arena. 

The freedom theme: the core concept in American history

Give Me Liberty! delivers a clear, event-based narrative account of American history. This 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 and achieve it. Freedom is the concept at the core of American history: it integrates social and political history, it’s motivating and inspiring to students, and it is relevant to all parts of the political spectrum.  

Strengthened coverage of religion in American history

In the Fourth Edition, the history of American religion is more fully integrated into the narrative. New discussions trace the history of religious liberty and the boundaries between government and religion, and they illuminate moments when religion intersects broader historical events.  

New design and pedagogy

The new design of the Fourth Edition is bold, contemporary, efficient, and functional. Focus Questions (keyed to Learning Objectives in the suite of assessment tools) are visually emphasized and new marginal glosses guide students as they read. Chapter-opening vignettes, illustrations, and part-opening introductions draw students into the narrative, and tools throughout the chapter (such as chronologies, maps, key terms and concept definitions) support them as they read. The end-of-chapter material and a glossary reinforce understanding and aid review.  

Ample opportunities to engage with primary-source documents

Each chapter includes a feature called “Voices of Freedom,” which pairs primary source excerpts that represent differing ideas of freedom in the period. These excerpts include headnotes and critical questions written by Eric Foner. Additional freedom-related documents–such as Frederick Douglass’s “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” the Seneca Falls Declaration and Resolutions, the Omaha Platform of the Populist party, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, and Barack Obama’s first inaugural address, are included in the Appendix. And the StudySpace website contains even more media-rich documents–including text, audio, video, and images–that students can access and instructors can incorporate into the course. Each document includes a media analysis worksheet. 

Tools that help students master core content and help instructors assess their progress

The suite of instructor and student resources for Give Me Liberty! has been carefully crafted to work in concert. Focus Questions in the text are keyed to content and to Learning Objectives in StudySpace, the Coursepack, and the Test Bank. This integration lets instructors determine how well their students are grasping the big questions. Additionally, questions in the Test Bank and StudySpace quizzes are tagged to a set of Student Learning Outcomes, which help instructors target and build specific historical skills–such as primary document or chronology analysis. New Critical Reading Exercises in the Coursepack walk students through the process of focused reading, outlining, and summarizing. These are also keyed to chapter Focus Questions.  

    One-Volume Cloth: Chapters 1–28
    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, 1783–1791
    Chapter 8: Securing the Republic, 1791–1815
    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? 1953–2012
    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: A New Century and New Crises