Eric Foner is a great historian and a good writer who always has something worthwhile to say. I particularly enjoyed his essay on RIchard Hofstadter and his incisive, perceptive essay on Ken Burns' "The Civil War". I was planning to watch the coming rebroadcast of Burns' "The Civil War" (I have never seen it), but now I think my time would be better spent retaking Foner's "The Civil War and Reconstruction" on edX!
the book is a collection of speeches this eminent historian has given over the years. There is a good one on Richard Hofstader for whoever is interested in him. The rest are good for laughs--or for analysis with a class on argumentation and logic--all the opinions stated as fact and unexamined assumptions taken as fact. "Why there is no Socialism in the US?" for example--why should there be? Only if you believe in the gospel according to Marx as so many academics did. And another chapter on Blacks and the constitution criticizes the founders for not establishing a multi-racial democracy in the late 18th century when no country in the world had anything approaching democratic government--except Great Britain where the franchise was strictly limited until the late 19th century.
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