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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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A magisterial history of the United States by a prize-winning historian

"The best one-volume history of the United States ever written."
—Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers and The Quartet

Thomas Jefferson envisioned the United States as a great "empire of liberty." In his riveting single-volume history of the United States, award-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—and 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 Native Americans. Reynolds also reveals how these tensions between empire and liberty have often been resolved by faith—both the evangelical Protestantism that has energized US politics since the founding of the nation and the larger faith in American righteousness that has impelled the country's expansion.

Written with verve, insight, and humor, America, Empire of Liberty is a magisterial depiction of America in all its grandeur and contradictions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465022144
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 373,944
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Reynolds is a Professor of International History at Cambridge University and the author of numerous books, including The Long Shadow, winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for the Best Work of History, and In Command of History, which was awarded the Wolfson Prize, and selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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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