Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History (Paperback)
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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.
About the Author
Eric Foner is a Pulitzer Prize winninghistorian and DeWitt Clinton Professorof History at Columbia University. He isone of America's leading historians of theAmerican Civil War and ReconstructionEra. His books include The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery;Reconstruction: America's UnfinishedRevolution and Give Me Liberty! AnAmerican History