Books About Freedom and Liberty

Freedom is defined as "the condition of being free from restraints," at liberty from slavery or oppression. Men and women have given their lives in the pursuit of freedom; and revolutionary writers often lead the charge. Read more about their lives and works.

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by Frederick Douglass, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Editor). Library of America. From the publisher: "Douglass's narratives, classics of American writing, stunned the world and have shocked and moved readers ever since... they are above all the inspiring story of a self-made American."
by Thomas Jefferson. Library of America. From the publisher: "The most comprehensive one-volume selection of Jefferson ever published. Contains the 'Autobiography,' 'Notes on the State of Virginia,' public and private papers, including the original and revised drafts of the 'Declaration of Independence,' addresses, and 287 letters."
by John Rhodehamel (Editor). Library of America. From the publisher: "Drawn from letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda, The American Revolution brings together over 120 pieces by more than 70 participants and eyewitnesses to create a unique literary panorama of the War of Independence."
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Henry David Thoreau: Collected Essays and Poems

by Henry David Thoreau, and Elizabeth Hall Witherell (Editor). Library of America. From the publisher: "Henry David Thoreau crafted essays that reflect his speculative and probing cast of mind. In his poems, he gave voice to his private sentiments and spiritual aspirations in the plain style of New England speech."
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Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose

by Walt Whitman, and Justin Kaplan (Editor). Library of America. From the publisher: "Contains the first and 'deathbed' editions of 'Leaves of Grass,' and virtually all of Whitman's prose, with reminiscences of 19th-century New York City, notes on the Civil War, especially his service in Washington hospitals and glimpses of President Lincoln, and attacks on the misuses of national wealth..."
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Wheatley: Complete Writings

by Phillis Wheatley, and Vincent Carretta (Editor). Penguin. From the publisher: "In 1761, a young girl arrived in Boston on a slave ship, sold to the Wheatley family, and given the name Phillis Wheatley. Struck by Phillis' extraordinary precociousness, the Wheatleys provided her with an education that was unusual for a woman of the time and astonishing for a slave."
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American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century

by John Hollander (Editor). Library of America. From the publisher: "This landmark anthology gathers over 1,000 poems by nearly 150 poets to reveal the remarkable beauty and astonishing diversity of the distinctly American tradition of poetry that arose in the 19th century."
by John Stuart Mill. Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "This edition contains four essays--'On Liberty,' 'Utilitarianism,' 'Considerations on Representative Government,' and 'The Subjection of Women'--never before presented in one volume. Contrary to the muddled eclectic of traditional interpretations, Mill emerges as a consistent and strikingly modern thinker..."
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Hegel's Idea of Freedom

by Alan Patten. Oxford University Press. Read "Perspectives on Hegel's Idea of Freedom," "A Civic Humanist Idea of Freedom," and more.
by Dietrick Bonhoeffer. HarperCollins. From the publisher: "This magnificent volume takes readers on a historical and biographical journey that follows Bonhoeffer through the various stages of his life--as teacher, ecumenist, pastor, preacher, seminary director, prophet in the Nazi era and, finally, as martyr in pursuit of peace and justice."