"Eric Foner's brilliant, important book . . . shows how, having invoked liberty to justify their independence in 1776, Americans have fought ever since over what that freedom means and who may enjoy its blessings."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
This is not a philosophical book on freedom....[The book] reminds us that in every age Americans have risen...to contest the established limits to freedom and to redeem the nation's prophetic memory of liberty, equality, and democracy.