Historians' Viewpoints on American Freedom Essay

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In Stories of American Freedom, Eric Foner reveals that freedom has no “real” meaning behind it, just ideals that the different people and groups in the United States’ history that gives life to the word. Foner thus uses historical characters’ ideals of freedom to tell America’s history. Foner speaks of the hypocrisy in many groups versions of freedom, for instance when speaking of slavery and slaveholding in the United States shortly after the Revolutionary War era. He includes many people’s accounts on the combination of slavery and freedom, with some people even saying that they would not be free if not allowed to own those who could not be free. This account shapes the historical value of the narrative into one that is seen as …show more content…
The authors say that freedom in America is the central theme in all African Americans’ histories throughout time because they are constantly fighting for freedom, yet winning it less than often. They also believe that the inclusion of African American freedom and unfreedom in the United States “complicates” American history rather than staying within its own sphere. Amid the pages of Freedom on My Mind, is the shaping of a kind of hope that African Americans will persevere in American history and receive their much deserved freedom, both recognized among their communities and the United States government. The authors frame United States history from their concept of freedom—something that African Americans fought for and deserved—as a sort of tithe that African Americans gave to eventually gain the freedom that was due and the gaining of new cultures and ideals that would make the group stronger and what it would eventually become and is, today.
The most obvious similarity between Freedom on My Mind and The Story of American Freedom, is that they both primarily focus on the concept of Freedom in the United States. Both sources consistently provide reasons for or against freedom, but it is still the same basic idea no matter what or whom they draw the concept from in the characterization of this notion. Both also apply “freedom” to the

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