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

  • Eric Foner
  • ISBN-10: 039369691X
  • ISBN-13: 9780393696912
  • 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

Part 1: American Colonies to 1763

Chapter 1: A New World

Adam Smith, The Results of Colonization (1776)

Giovanni da Verrazano, Encountering Native Americans (1524)

Bartolomé de las Casas on Spanish Treatment of the Indians, from History of the Indies (1528)

*The Pueblo Revolt (1680)

Father Jean de Brébeuf on the Customs and Beliefs of the Hurons (1635)

Jewish Petition to the Dutch West India Company (1655)

Chapter 2: Beginnings of English America, 1607–1660

Exchange between John Smith and Powhatan (1608)

Sending Women to Virginia (1622)

*Henry Care, English Liberties (1680)

John Winthrop, Speech to the Massachusetts General Court (1645)

The Trial of Ann Hutchinson (1637)

Roger Williams, Letter to the Town of Providence (1655)

The Levellers, The Agreement of the People Presented to the Council of the Army (1647)

Chapter 3: Creating Anglo-America, 1660–1750

William Penn, Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges and Liberties (1701)

Nathaniel Bacon on Bacon's Rebellion (1676)

Letter by an Immigrant to Pennsylvania (1769)

*An Act Concerning Negroes and Other Slaves (1664)

*Benjamin Franklin, “Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind” (1751)

*Complaint of an Indentured Servant (1756)

Women in the Household Economy (1709)

Chapter 4: Slavery, Freedom, and the Struggle for Empire, to 1763

*An Act for the Encouragement of the Importation of White Servants (1698)

Olaudah Equiano on Slavery (1789)

Advertisements for Runaway Slaves and Servants (1738)

The Independent Reflector on Limited Monarchy and Liberty (1752)

The Trial of John Peter Zenger (1735)

The Great Awakening Comes to Connecticut (1740)

Pontiac, Two Speeches (1762 and 1763)

Part 2: A New Nation, 1763–1840

Chapter 5: The American Revolution, 1763–1783

Virginia Resolutions on the Stamp Act (1765)

New York Workingmen Demand a Voice in the Revolutionary Struggle (1770)

Association of the New York Sons of Liberty (1773)

Farmington, Connecticut, Resolutions on the Intolerable Acts (1774)

Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

Samuel Seabury’s Argument against Independence (1775)

Chapter 6: The Revolution Within

Abigail and John Adams on Women and the American Revolution (1776)

Jefferson’s Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom (1779)

*John Adams on the American Revolution (1818)

Noah Webster on Equality (1787)

Liberating Indentured Servants (1784)

Letter of Phillis Wheatley (1774)

Benjamin Rush, Thoughts Upon Female Education (1787)

Chapter 7: Founding a Nation, 1783–1791

Petition of Inhabitants West of the Ohio River (1785)

David Ramsey, American Innovations in Government (1789)

*J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, “What, Then, Is the American?” (1782)

*James Winthrop, The Anti-Federalist Argument (1787)

Thomas Jefferson on Race and Slavery (1781)

Chapter 8: Securing the Republic, 1791–1815

Benjamin F. Bache, A Defense of the French Revolution (1792–93)

Address of the Democratic-Republican Society of Pennsylvania (1794)

Judith Sargent Murray, "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790)

Protest against the Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)

George Tucker on Gabriel’s Rebellion (1801)

*Tecumseh, Speech to the Osage (1810)

Felix Grundy, Battle Cry of the War Hawks (1811)

Mercy Otis Warren on Religion and Virtue (1805)

Chapter 9: The Market Revolution, 1800–1840

*Sarah Bagley, Freedom and Necessity at Lowell (1845)

Joseph Smith, The Wentworth Letter (1842)

*Margaret McCarthy to Her Family in Ireland (1850)

Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar" (1837)

Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

Charles G. Finney, "Sinners Bound to Change Their Own Hearts" (1836)

Chapter 10: Democracy in America, 1815–1840

The Monroe Doctrine (1823)

John Quincy Adams on the Role of the National Government (1825)

*Andrew Jackson, Veto of the Bank Bill (1832)

Virginia Petition for the Right to Vote (1829)

Appeal of the Cherokee Nation (1830)

Appeal of Forty Thousand Citizens (1838)

Part 3: Slavery, Freedom, and the Crisis of the Union, 1840–1877

Chapter 11: The Peculiar Institution

Frederick Douglass on the Desire for Freedom (1845)

*The Proslavery Argument (1854)

William Sewall, The Results of the British Emancipation (1860)

Rules of Highland Plantation (1838)

Slavery and the Bible (1850)

Letter by a Fugitive Slave (1840)

Solomon Northup, The New Orleans Slave Market (1853)

Chapter 12: An Age of Reform, 1820–1840

Robert Owen, “The First Discourse on a New System of Society” (1825)

Philip Schaff on Freedom as Self-Restraint (1855)

David Walker's Appeal (1829)

Frederick Douglass on the Fourth of July (1852)

Catharine Beecher on the "Duty of American Females" (1837)

Angelina Grimké on Women’s Rights (1837)

*Protest Statement of Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell (1855)

Chapter 13: A House Divided, 1840–1861

John L. O'Sullivan, Manifest Destiny (1845)

A Protest against Anti-Chinese Prejudice (1852)

*Resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act (1850)

*American Party Platform (1856)

*Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, The Dred Scott Decision (1857)

Texas Declaration of Independence (1836)

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1858)

South Carolina Ordinance of Secession (1860)

Chapter 14: A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861–1865

Alexander H. Stephens, The Cornerstone of the Confederacy (1861)

Marcus M. Spiegel, Letter of a Civil War Solider (1864)

Samuel S. Cox Condemns Emancipation (1862)

*A Defense of the Confederacy (1861)

Frederick Douglass on Black Soldiers (1863)

Letter by the Mother of a Black Soldier (1863)

Abraham Lincoln, Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore (1864)

Mary Livermore on Women and the War (1883)

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)

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.