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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $115.00
  • September 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-28316-7
  • 1320 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Give Me Liberty!

An American History

Fifth Edition


Volume(s): One-Volume

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Eric Foner (Author, Columbia University)


The leading text in the U.S. survey course.

Give Me Liberty! is the #1 book in the U.S. history survey course because it works in the classroom. A single-author text by a leader in the field, Give Me Liberty! delivers an authoritative, accessible, concise, and integrated American history. Updated with powerful new scholarship on borderlands and the West, the Fifth Edition brings new interactive History Skills Tutorials and Norton InQuizitive for History, the award-winning adaptive quizzing tool.


An authoritative, integrated, concise, and accessible synthesis of American history

Eric Foner skillfully combines world-class scholarship with the clarity needed to reach introductory-level students. Foner takes the scattered puzzle pieces of past events and assembles them into a clear, cohesive picture that conveys the what and why of history in an accessible way. His skill at historical synthesis is supported by effective and ample pedagogy, including chapter-opening vignettes, focus questions, chronologies, "Voices of Freedom" paired documents, and more.  

Powerful new coverage of the American West and borderlands history

With the Fifth Edition, Eric Foner introduces a particular focus on the American West and regions known as the borderlands. By focusing more attention on the borderlands (fluid areas around borders where people of different cultural and social backgrounds converge) and strengthening coverage of the west throughout (from the trans-Appalachian west to the southwest, Texas, California, and the rest of the west coast), Foner brings to light new perspectives on local, regional, and national developments.

New online learning tools to develop and assess history skills

New online resources strengthen Give Me Liberty!'s emphasis on developing the skills of the history discipline. New History Skills Tutorials are interactive modules that provide students with a framework for analyzing and interpreting primary source documents, images, and maps. New Norton InQuizitive for History, a formative adaptive learning tool that personalizes quiz questions in an enjoyable, gamelike environment, is available for the first time with Give Me Liberty!. InQuizitive reinforces the key concepts in each chapter while also providing students with opportunities to build their critical analysis skills with map, image, and primary source excerpt questions in each chapter.  

A family of formats with packages that offer even more value

 Give Me Liberty! is published in three formats—all with the same number of chapters—and each of these formats is among the most affordable options in its class:
    -The Full Edition offers a large trim size and all of the in-text features described above.
    -The Brief Edition is 30% shorter than the Full Edition and features a slightly smaller trim size. It shares the same pedagogical features as the Full Edition.
    -The Seagull Edition offers the complete text of the Full Edition in a compact trim size with reduced pedagogy and an exceptionally low price.

    One-Volume: Chapters 1–28
    Volume 1: Chapters 1–15
    Volume 2: Chapters 15–28

    Custom formats also available (contact your local representative for details)

    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? 1953–2015
    Chapter 24: An Affluent Society, 1953–1960
    Chapter 25: The Sixties, 1960–1968
    Chapter 26: The Triumph of Conservatism, 1969–1988
    Chapter 27: From Triumph to Tragedy, 1989–2001
    Chapter 28: A New Century and New Crises