This volume explores how Americans experience and understand the central issues, problems, and decisions that shaped American history during the nation's formative period. Rather than reprinting familiar public documents, this work includes many never-before printed personal letters and other texts that offer vivid first-hand accounts of and reflections on the major issues and events in early American history. Author David Brion Davis, Professor of History at Yale University, has won numerous history prizes and is recognized as one of the major historians of his generation. By illustrating how critical issues of power, identity, and democracy in the American past were bound up with questions of race, Davis' volume leads readers to rethink the very nature of our nation's history and development.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 1218 g
Dimensions: 254 x 177 x 29 mm
"A revealing, fascinating view of early America told through the words of the historical figures."--Albuquerque Tribune
"The Boisterous Sea of Liberty is an invaluable resource, not o mention an eye-opener to those who believe all history is written in stone."--Denver Post
"With their new book, The Boisterous Sea of Liberty, David Brion Davis and Steven Mintz remove history from its Ivory Tower and return it to the general public....The book seems alive, full of the voices and sounds of proclamations long defunct."--New Haven Advocate
"I have used this book now for three semesters and I love it. This is the only book I use in my American History I survey class."--Dr. Bruce Walker, Ottawa University
"The closest thing we have to an American primer covering the centuries from the age of exploration through the Civil War. It belongs in the library of anyone who is interested in our past."--Sean Wilentz, Princeton University
"There is simply no better way to understand the first three-and-a-half centuries of what became the United States than to read this book. Nowhere will readers find more awe-inspiring erudition, a richer diversity of perspectives, or a more powerful portrayal of the people who created this country..."--Edward Ayers, University of Virginia
"[The editors] have created an overwhelmingly informative volume: their own interpretive commentary holds together the quotes they select, some world-famous [and] some revealingly obscure."--Publishers Weekly
"This compilation of primary source material strives mightily to provide a balanced view of great events from different perspectives....The commentary by Davis and Mintz...provides the necessary context for each category of documents. Although this collection can stand alone as engrossing reading material, it can also prove invaluable as a research tool...."--Booklist
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