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A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom

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From the author of For Common Things: a provocative look at the meaning of American freedom.

Freedom is at the heart of the American identity, shaping both personal lives and political values. The ideal of authoring one’s own life has inspired the country’s best and worst moments—courage and emancipation, but also fear, delusion, and pointless war.

This duality is America’s story, from slavery to the progressive reforms of the early twentieth century, from the New Deal to the social movements of the 1960s and today’s battles over climate change. The arc has been toward expanding freedom as new generations press against inherited boundaries. But economic forces beyond our control undercut our ideas of self-mastery. Realizing our ideals of freedom today requires the political vision to reform the institutions we share.

Jedidiah Purdy works from the stories of individuals: Frederick Douglass urging Americans to extend freedom to slaves; Ralph Waldo Emerson arguing for self-fulfillment as an essential part of liberty; reformers and presidents struggling to redefine citizenship in a fast-changing world. He asks crucial questions: Does capitalism perfect or destroy freedom? Does freedom mean following tradition, God’s word, or one’s own heart? Can a nation of individualists also be a community of citizens? A Tolerable Anarchy is a book of history that speaks plainly to our lives today, urging us to explore our understanding of our country and ourselves, and to make real our own ideals of freedom.

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Traces the origins of the ideal that freedom has always been an essential part of American identity, shaping both our personal lives and our political beliefs and inspiring not only some of the country's best and worst moments, but also fear, delusion, and pointless war.

Synopsis:

From the author of "For Common Things" comes a provocative look at the meaning of American freedom. Purdy works from the stories of individuals: Frederick Douglass urging Americans to extend freedom to slaves, Ralph Waldo Emerson arguing for self-fulfillment, and others.

About the Author

\Jedediah Purdy teaches law at Duke University and has also taught at Yale and Harvard. Purdy is the author of For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today and Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World, and has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Democracy, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The sensation of freedom — Declarations of independence — The search for civic dignity — War and its equivalents — Is freedom empty? Citizenship, sodomy, and the meaning of life — American utopias — The economics of 1776, and today — The value of freedom — Fragments of a free economy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307271433
Subtitle:
Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Purdy, Jedediah
Author:
Jedediah Purdy
Subject:
History : North American
Subject:
North American
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Native North American-General Native North American Studies
Subject:
Politics-United States Culture
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Politics-Anarchism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
294

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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Traces the origins of the ideal that freedom has always been an essential part of American identity, shaping both our personal lives and our political beliefs and inspiring not only some of the country's best and worst moments, but also fear, delusion, and pointless war.
"Synopsis" by , From the author of "For Common Things" comes a provocative look at the meaning of American freedom. Purdy works from the stories of individuals: Frederick Douglass urging Americans to extend freedom to slaves, Ralph Waldo Emerson arguing for self-fulfillment, and others.
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