The Story of American Freedom

Eric Foner (Author)


From the Revolution to our own time, freedom has been America's strongest cultural bond and its most perilous fault line, a birthright for some Americans and a cruel mockery for others. Eric Foner takes freedom not as a timeless truth but as a value whose meaning and scope have been contested throughout American history. His sweeping narrative shows freedom to have been shaped not only in congressional debates and political treatises but also on plantations and picket lines, in parlors and bedrooms, by our acknowledged leaders and by former slaves, union organizers, freedom riders, and women's rights activists.

Product Details

$19.95  $18.35
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
September 17, 1999
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of several books. In 2006 he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia University. He has served as president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. He lives in New York City.


Succinct, information-packed, wonderfully readable.... An excellent choice for serious readers.--Pauline Maier
Foner tackles the whole drama of American history. He succeeds, with far-reaching intelligence and a genial respect for his reader.--Mark Greif
A thought-provoking look at the historical uses of freedom in the United States.
Brilliant, important.... [A] superb book.--Fred Anderson
A masterful book... that covers two centuries of courage, violence, achievement, and unfulfilled dreams in the quest for liberty.--Herbert Mitgang
Powerful.... Eric Foner has held up a mirror and asked us as a people to take a good, hard look at ourselves. It is incumbent on us not to turn away.