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The Story of American Freedom: 1776-2005

The Story of American Freedom: 1776-2005

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Myths About America. Although the idea of freedom is nearly ubiquitous in American public discourse -- and perhaps no more so than today – it has been subject to a remarkable degree of flux over the course of the nation's history. Eric Foner describes it as "a subject of persistent conflict and debate," from the earliest times. "This country founded with the rhetoric of freedom was also a slave society," says Foner. "Slave owners insisted that slavery was the real foundation of freedom, because a free individual was a person who was autonomous, not reliant on others for their economic livelihood. Owning a slave enhanced one's freedom." Foner believes that battles "at the boundaries of freedom," by African Americans and other racial minorities,... Show More

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