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

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ISBN-10: 1400044472

ISBN-13: 9781400044474

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jedediah Purdy

List price: $23.95
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From a leading young intellectual and the author ofFor Common Things: a thoughtful and provocative look at the history and meaning of American freedom. Freedom has always been an essential part of American identity, shaping both our personal lives and our political beliefs. Now, Jedediah Purdy traces this ideal from the American Revolution to today's debates over national security, economic opportunity, and personal liberty. This book shows how "freedom" has inspired the country's best and worst momentscourage and emancipation, but also fear, delusion, and pointless war. Purdy grounds his theme in the stories of individuals: Frederick Douglass urging Americans to extend freedom to slaves;…    
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A Harvard graduate who was home schooled in rural West Virginia until he was fourteen, Jedediah Purdy currently studies law, environment, and social values at Yale.

Introduction: The Sensations 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
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliographic Essay
Bibliography
Index