Give Me Liberty (Hardcover)
Speakers and Speeches that Have Shaped America
Pegasus Books, 9781605986333, 464pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2014
Sure to become a classic of American oratorical history, ?Give Me Liberty reveals the enduring power of America's quest for a freer and more just society, and the context of the speeches and speakers—from Daniel Webster and Patrick Henry to Martin Luther King and Ronald Reagan—that gave voice to the struggle. ?
"Give me liberty," demanded Patrick Henry, "or give me death!" Henry's words continue to echo in American history and that quote, and the speech it comes from, remains one of the two or three known to almost every American. The other speeches that have become part of our American collective consciousness all have one theme in common: liberty. These feats of oration seem to trace the evolution of America's definition of liberty, and who it applies to. But what exact is liberty?
It is a term open to a broad range of opinion, and questions about freedom arise daily in the news and in everyday life. Perhaps uniquely among the nations of the world, the United States traces its origins to groups and individuals who specifically wanted create something new. Webber's insightful Give Me Liberty looks at these great speeches and provides the historical context, focusing attention on particular individuals who summed up the issues of their own day in words that have never been forgotten. Webber gleans lessons from the past centuries that will allow us to continue to strive for the ideals of liberty in the 21st century.
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Praise For Give Me Liberty: Speakers and Speeches that Have Shaped America…
A luminous portrait. Mr. Webber’s vivid account resurrects this astonishing figure, conveying all that he endured and achieved during America’s longest, most harrowing trial.
— Praise for American to the Backbone
A thought-provoking foreword and intelligent epilogue bookend this examination of the stirring power of the spoken word.
Pennington’s story is a remarkable one, illuminated by Webber’s meticulous research.
Looks to reignite the debate on the meanings of freedom and liberty by telling the stories of speeches throughout American history that address these notions. Will interest those seeking an introduction to American oratorical history or the changing meaning of liberty in American history.
Spirited. Webber provides instructive biographical information and to-the-point historical context.
A richly detailed, wide-ranging biography. Webber has produced an important book as well as insight in to the pre–Civil War free-black subculture.
A perceptive analysis of speeches by noted men and women.