The selections range from a captives account of a 1597 Indian revolt against Spanish missionaries on the Georgia coast to an impassioned debate in 1992 between county commissioners and environmental activists over a proposed hazardous waste facility in Taylor County. Drawn from such sources as government records, newspapers, oral histories, personal diaries, and letters, the documents give a voice to the concerns and experiences of men and women representing the diverse races, ethnic groups, and classes that, over time, have contributed to the states history.”
In Eric Foner’s, “The Story of American Freedom”, Foner’s idea of freedom can be quote, “summed up in this very quote, his saying that it is ‘the oldest of clichés and the most modern of aspirations.’”
“However, what does it truly mean to be free? For the people of the United States, the concept of "freedom” and its counterpart, "liberty” has had widely differing meanings during the centuries. The Story of American Freedom, therefore, "is not a mythic saga with a predetermined beginning and conclusion, but an open-ended history of accomplishment and failure, a record of a people forever contending about the crucial ideas of their political culture."
During the colonial era, Foner projects freedom to be comprised of the event, when the “Puritans believed that liberty was rooted in voluntary submission to God and civil authorities, and consisted only in the right to do well.” John Locke, as well, would argue that liberty did not consist of a lack of restraint, but of “a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power.” Foner reveals the ideological conflicts that lay at the heart of the American Revolution and the Civil War, the shift in thought about what freedom is and to whom it should be granted. Adeptly charting the major trends of