Battles For Freedom: The Use And Abuse Of American History by Eric FonerBattles For Freedom: The Use And Abuse Of American History by Eric Foner

Battles For Freedom: The Use And Abuse Of American History

byEric Foner

Paperback | April 30, 2017

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For almost four decades, Eric Foner, one of America's most distinguished historians, has introduced readers of his journalism to unknown or forgotten characters in American history, methodically unearthing the hidden history of American radicalism. In this collection of polemical pieces, Foner expounds on the relevance of Abraham Lincoln's legacy in the age of Obama and on the need for another era of Reconstruction. In addition to articles in which Foner calls out politicians and the powerful for their abuse and misuse of American history, Foner assesses some of his fellow leading historians of the late 20th century, including Richard Hofstadter, Howard Zinn and Eric Hobsbawm. Foner ends with an open letter to Bernie Sanders analysing the great tradition of radicalism that he has spent his career studying and which, he argues, Americans of progressive disposition should seek to celebrate and retrieve
Eric Foner is a Pulitzer Prize winning historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He is one of America's leading historians of theAmerican Civil War and Reconstruction Era. His books include The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery; Reconstruction: America's UnfinishedRevolution and Give Me L...
Title:Battles For Freedom: The Use And Abuse Of American HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 30, 2017Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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In this collection of essays published in the Nation, Foner, professor of history at Columbia University and Pulitzer Prize winner for The Fiery Trial, combines a deep and nuanced understanding of history with equally acute knowledge of politics to illuminate the abiding issues of the late 20th and early 21st centuries: immigration, civil rights, economics, and nationalism. Foner's clear thinking and sound writing are evident throughout. Highlights include essays on Lincoln's legacy and a series of exceptional works on inequality and the problems of race in America. He discusses how the many Southern state monuments to Confederate icons distort history and criticizes continued public use of the Confederate flag, bolstering his arguments with explanations of their tarnished historical origins. Foner's work has particular resonance when he writes about the effect of the 9/11 attacks, warning that there are dangers to civil liberties when those who criticize the government are branded aliens and traitors. Foner's orientation is liberal, but he doesn't hesitate to criticize President Obama, who he feels embraced outdated economic policies and resisted "genuine change," or to offer suggestions to Bernie Sanders on how to best present his message. These essays span 40 years of American history, but all are timely and wise.