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Voices of Freedom: A Documentary Reader, Volume Two, 6th Edition

  • Eric Foner
  • ISBN-10: 0393696928
  • ISBN-13: 9780393696929
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

Eric Foner’s best-selling reader, the best value for the U.S. survey

Voices of Freedom is the only reader with a thematic focus on American freedom. The organization of this enormously popular, compact, and accessible primary source documents collection mirrors the best-selling Give Me Liberty! survey texts. Much more affordable than other readers of its kind, it is an exceptional value in print and ebook formats. The Sixth Edition features new selections that focus on issues of inclusion and exclusion and the question, “Who is an American?”


  • An accessible, affordable collection of primary source documents Voices of Freedom is a comprehensive yet compact collection displaying Eric Foner’s knack for distilling primary source documents to their essence, revealing key ideas while sparing students from wading through extraneous material. With 100 selections in each volume and chapters featuring six-to-eight primary sources of roughly three-to-five pages each, Voices is an incredible value at a lower price than comparable readers.

  • The only reader edited by Eric Foner, anchored by the freedom theme Like its parent text, Give Me Liberty!, Voices of Freedom emphasizes the theme of American freedom. It offers a diverse gathering of authors and opinions and a strong mix of sources, from political and social leaders to movement activists and everyday people.

Table of Contents

Voices of Freedom follows the 28-chapter Table of Contents of all editions of Give Me Liberty!

*Asterisks indicate new selections

Volume 1: Chapters 1–15

Volume 2: Chapters 15–28

Chapter 15: "What Is Freedom?": Reconstruction, 1865–1877

Petition of Black Residents of Nashville (1865)

Petition of Committee on Behalf of the Freedmen to Andrew Johnson (1865)

The Mississippi Black Code (1865)

A Sharecropping Contract (1866)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Home Life" (ca. 1875)

Frederick Douglass, "The Composite Nation" (1869)

Robert B. Elliott on Civil Rights (1874)

Part 4: Toward a Global Presence, 1870–1920

Chapter 16: America's Gilded Age, 1870–1890

Jorgen and Otto Jorgensen, Homesteading in Montana (1908)

Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth (1889)

William Graham Sumner on Social Darwinism (ca. 1880)

A Second Declaration of Independence (1879)

Henry George, Progress and Poverty (1879)

*Chief Joseph, “Let Me Be a Free Man” (1879)

*Saum Song Bo, Chinese-American Protest (1885)

Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel (1912)

Chapter 17: Freedom's Boundaries, at Home and Abroad, 1890–1900

The Populist Platform (1892)

*William Birney, “Deporting Mohammedans” (1897)

*W. E. B. Du Bois, “Your Country?” (1903)

Ida B. Wells, Crusade for Justice (ca. 1892)

Frances E. Willard, Women and Temperance (1883)

Josiah Strong, Our Country (1885)

Emilio Aguinaldo on American Imperialism in the Philippines (1899)

Chapter 18: The Progressive Era, 1900–1916

Manuel Gamio on a Mexican-American Family and American Freedom (ca. 1926)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics (1898)

John A. Ryan, A Living Wage (1912)

The Industrial Workers of the World and the Free Speech Fights (1909)

Margaret Sanger on "Free Motherhood," from Woman and the New Race (1920)

Mary Church Terrell, “What it Means to be Colored in the Capital of the United States” (1906)

Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom (1912)

*John Mitchell, Industrial Liberty (1910)

Chapter 19: Safe for Democracy: The United States and World War I, 1916–1920

Woodrow Wilson, A World "Safe for Democracy" (1917)

*Randolph Bourne, “Trans-National America” (1916)

A Critique of the Versailles Peace Conference (1919)

Carrie Chapman Catt, Address to Congress on Women's Suffrage (1917)

Eugene V. Debs, Speech to the Jury (1918)

Rubie Bond, The Great Migration (1917)

Marcus Garvey on Africa for the Africans (1921)

John A. Fitch on the Great Steel Strike (1919)

Part 5: Depression and Wars, 1920–1953

Chapter 20: From Business Culture to Great Depression: The Twenties, 1920–1932

*Immigration Quotas under the Johnson-Reed Act (1924)

*Mrs. W. C. Lathrop, New Freedom in the Home (1921)

The Fight for Civil Liberties (1921)

Bartolomeo Vanzetti's Last Statement in Court (1927)

Congress Debates Immigration (1921)

Justice James Clark McReynolds, Meyer v. Nebraska and the Meaning of Liberty (1923)

Alain Locke, The New Negro (1925)

Elsie Hill and Florence Kelley Debate the Equal Rights Amendment (1922)

Chapter 21: The New Deal, 1932–1940

Letter to Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins (1937)

John Steinbeck, The Harvest Gypsies (1936)

John L. Lewis on Labor’s Great Upheaval (1937)

*Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Greater Security for the Average Man” (1934)

Herbert Hoover on the New Deal and Liberty (1936)

Norman Cousins, "Will Women Lose Their Jobs?" (1939)

Frank H. Hill on the Indian New Deal (1935)

W. E. B. Du Bois, "A Negro Nation within a Nation" (1935)

Chapter 22: Fighting for the Four Freedoms: World War II, 1941–1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt on the Four Freedoms (1941)

Will Durant, Freedom of Worship (1943)

Henry R. Luce, The American Century (1941)

Henry A. Wallace on "The Century of the Common Man" (1942)

*Judge Learned Hand, The Spirit of Liberty (1944)

World War II and Mexican-Americans (1945)

Charles H. Wesley on African-Americans and the Four Freedoms (1944)

Justice Robert A. Jackson, Dissent in Korematsu v. United States (1944)

Chapter 23: The United States and the Cold War, 1945–1953

Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (1945)

The Truman Doctrine (1947)

*Daniel L. Schorr, “Reconverting Mexican Americans” (1946)

Walter Lippmann, A Critique of Containment (1947)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

President's Commission on Civil Rights, To Secure these Rights (1947)

Joseph R. McCarthy on the Attack (1950)

Margaret Chase Smith, Declaration of Conscience (1950)

*Oscar Handlin, “The Immigration Fight Has Only Begun” (1952)

Part 6: What Kind of Nation? 1953–2015

Chapter 24: An Affluent Society, 1953–1960

Richard M. Nixon, "What Freedom Means to Us" (1959)

*Clark Kerr, Freedom in Industrial Society (1960)

The Southern Manifesto (1956)

Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom (1962)

C. Wright Mills on "Cheerful Robots" (1959)

Allen Ginsberg, “Howl” (1955)

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955)

Chapter 25: The Sixties, 1960–1968

*John F. Kennedy, Speech on Civil Rights (1963)

Malcolm X, The Ballot or the Bullet (1964)

Barry Goldwater on "Extremism in the Defense of Liberty" (1964)

*Chief Justice Earl Warren, Loving v. Virginia (1967)

The Port Huron Statement (1962)

Paul Potter on the Antiwar Movement (1965)

The National Organization for Women (1966)

César Chavez, "Letter from Delano" (1969)

The International 1968 (1968)

Chapter 26: The Conservative Turn, 1969–1988

Brochure on the Equal Rights Amendment (1970s)

Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle (1971)

Richard E. Blakemore on The Sagebrush Rebellion (1979)

Jimmy Carter on Human Rights (1977)

Jerry Falwell, Listen America! (1980)

Phyllis Schlafly, "The Fraud of the Equal Rights Amendment" (1972)

James Watt, "Environmentalists: A Threat to the Ecology of the West" (1978)

Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address (1981)

Chapter 27: From Triumph to Tragedy, 1989–2004

Pat Buchanan, Speech to the Republican National Convention (1992)

Bill Clinton, Speech on Signing of NAFTA (1993)

Declaration for Global Democracy (1999)

The Beijing Declaration on Women (1995)

*Juala de Oro (Cage of Gold), by Los Tigres del Norte (Tigers of the North) (1984)

Robert Byrd on the War in Iraq (2003)

Chapter 28: A Divided Nation

Second Inaugural Address of George W. Bush (2005)

Archbishop Roger Mahoney, "Called by God to Help" (2006)

Justice Anthony Kennedy, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)

Security, Liberty, and the War on Terror (2008)

Barack Obama, Eulogy at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (2015)

*Khizr Khan, Speech at Democratic National Convention (2016)

New to this edition

  • Updated to reflect a new focus on inclusion and exclusion in Give Me Liberty! For the Sixth Edition, almost 20% of the selections are new and many of them focus on the question of who is an American and who is not. For much of American history the answer to this question was unclear, and for all of our history the issue has been controversial. It is especially so now. The Sixth Edition includes new coverage of inclusion and exclusion in American law and institutions, in political and social movements, in family and individual aspirations, and in issues of race, gender, and ethnicity.