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Welcome to the research guide for Professor Dunn's assignment comparing two definitions of freedom, one from the past and one from the present.
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The Story of American Freedom
Call Number: HIST 1
Publication Date: 1998
Freedom: a promised land, a battleground, America's cultural bond and fault line. The Declaration of Independence lists liberty among mankind's inalienable rights; the Constitution was framed to secure liberty's blessings. The United States bought the Civil War to bring about a new birth of freedom, World War II for the Four Freedoms, and the Cold War to defend the Free World. In Eric Foner's stirring history, freedom's story unfolds through aspiration and sacrifice, its meaning shaped not only in congressional debates and political treatises, but on plantations and picket lines, in parlors and bedrooms. Its cast of characters ranges from Thomas Jefferson to Margaret Sanger to Franklin D. Roosevelt; from former slaves seeking to breathe real meaning into emancipation to the union organizers, freedom riders, and women's rights advocates of our time. This landmark history shows the story of American freedom to be not a mythic saga but a vital, open-ended tale of accomplishment and failure, arecord of a people forever contending over the crucial ideas of their political culture.
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