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Give Me Liberty! has been used by more than one million students. An authoritative, accessible, concise, and integrated American history by an acclaimed historian, its thematic focus on the story of American freedom has resonated with students at schools everywhere.

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Features of the Sixth Edition

New coverage of issues of inclusion and exclusion

New coverage of issues of inclusion and exclusion as it has played out in American law and institutions, political and social movements, family and individual aspirations, and race, gender, and ethnicity.

“Who is an American?” features

16 new “Who is an American?” primary source document excerpts, which feature the voices of Benjamin Franklin, Tecumseh, Mary Church Terrell, Los Tigres del Norte, and others.

Author Videos

In the accompanying 16 new Author Videos, Eric Foner gives students more context on the people and issues featured in the document excerpts.

About the Author

Eric Foner has distilled a lifetime of teaching and scholarship in the pages of Give Me Liberty! A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, he is DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University. His most recent books include The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010), which won the Pulitzer, Lincoln, and Bancroft prizes, and, just published, a compact history of the Reconstruction amendments, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution.

What Instructors and Students are Saying

“Foner's attention to the varying definitions of freedom and belonging enable students to have the proper context and resources to engage with those topics.”

— Nicholas DiPucchio, Saint Louis University

“Using this common theme helps students to pull together many disparate historical ideas.”

— Laura Stott, Daniel Hand High School

“Foner is a historian whom I trust.”

— Jamie Bronstein, New Mexico State University

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The Full Edition

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The Seagull Edition

The compact, low-price, full-color Seagull Edition offers the same text and document features as the Full Edition with the essential maps, illustrations, and pedagogy.

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