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Author Reynolds, David, 1952-

Title America, empire of liberty : a new history of the United States / David Reynolds.

Published New York : Basic Books, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973 REYN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 563 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part 1 Liberty and Slavery -- 1 Natives and Europeans 3 -- 2 Empire and Liberties 21 -- 3 Independence and Republicanism 45 -- 4 Liberty and Security 73 -- 5 East and West 95 -- 6 Slave or Free? 123 -- Part 2 Power and Progress -- 7 North and South 149 -- 8 White and Black 177 -- 9 Capital and Labor 197 -- 10 Reform and Expansion 221 -- 11 War and Peace 245 -- 12 From Boom to Bomb 273 -- Part 3 Empire and Evil -- 13 Red or Dead? 307 -- 14 Rights and Riots 335 -- 15 Impotence of Omnipotence 361 -- 16 Dťente and Discontent 389 -- 17 Revolution and Democracy 417 -- 18 Pride and Prejudice 441 -- Conclusion 469.
Summary "It was Thomas Jefferson who envisioned the United States as a great "empire of liberty." In this single volume history of the United States, prize-winning historian David Reynolds takes Jefferson's phrase as a key to the American saga. He examines how the anti-empire of 1776 became the greatest superpower the world has seen, how the country that offered liberty and opportunity on a scale unmatched in Europe nevertheless founded its prosperity on the labor of black slaves and the dispossession of the Native Americans. He explains how these tensions between empire and liberty have often been resolved by faith - both the evangelical Protestantism that has energized U.S. politics since the founding of the nation and the larger faith in American righteousness that has impelled the country's expansion." "In America, Empire of Liberty, the voices of the past speak for themselves. Not just presidents from Washington to Obama, but ordinary men and women - settlers and Native Americans, slaves and immigrants, soldiers and farmers, factory workers and suburban housewives. Reynolds celebrates America's technological achievements and social progress. He paints vivid pictures of Gettysburg's battlefield, Chicago's stockyards, and the civil rights struggle in Montgomery, Alabama. But he also asks difficult questions about the cost of American greatness, from the Trail of Tears to the Red Scare and the War on Terror."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject United States -- History.
ISBN 9780465015009 (alk. paper)
046501500X (alk. paper)