America, Empire of Liberty: A New History of the United States

America, Empire of Liberty: A New History of the United States

by David Reynolds

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It was Thomas Jefferson who envisioned the United States as a great "empire of liberty." This paradoxical phrase may be the key to the American saga: How could the anti-empire of 1776 became the world's greatest superpower? And how did the country that offered unmatched liberty nevertheless found its prosperity on slavery and the dispossession of Native Americans?

In this new single-volume history spanning the entire course of US history -- from 1776 through the election of Barack Obama -- prize-winning historian David Reynolds explains how tensions between empire and liberty have often been resolved by faith -- both the evangelical Protestantism that has energized American politics for centuries and the larger faith in American righteousness that has driven the country's expansion.

Written with verve and insight, Empire of Liberty brilliantly depicts America in all of its many contradictions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465020058
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Reynolds is professor of international history at Christ's College, Cambridge. A fellow of the British Academy, he is the multiple prizewinning author of eleven books, including the highly acclaimed America, Empire of Liberty. Many of his history films for the BBC are now available on Netflix.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Introduction xi

Part I 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 II 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 III Empire and Evil

13 Red or Dead? 307

14 Rights and Riots 335

15 The Impotence of Omnipotence 361

16 Détente and Discontent 389

17 Revolution and Democracy 417

18 Pride and Prejudice 441

Conclusion 469

Further Reading 479

Notes 493

Acknowledgments 547

Index 549

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