The article ‘Voices of freedom was written to explain the history of the United States during the 18th century. The author of the article is Foner and the book was written in the year Foner Eric. The book uses information from debate of two Illinois contestants.
The article relates to a time when slavery was present in the United States. The blacks wanted their liberty and more other rights. Leaders of the two parties in the United States had different stands about the liberty of the slaves. In chapter 13 of the book, the author describes debates by Illinois governors that revealed the stand of the two parties about the slavery in the United States.
The debate between Douglas and Lincoln was one of the famous debates in the American history. Even though the final goal of the debate was to attract more votes to each of the candidates, the debate revealed a lot of things about the slavery and lives of the blacks in the United States. It was also important in that leaders are seen criticizing each other using the facts that were available which is not a common feature today. The important issues that were discussed in the debates attracted the attention of the entire United States citizen because it reflected the stand and unity of the democratic and republican parties.
The debate shows that all the parties were in favor of having slaves. The two parties differed when it came to the rights of these saves and whether all states should be allowed to own slaves or not.
The article however fails to discuss clearly the stand of each candidate. It gives direct quotes from the debates and fails to describe in detail what each candidate meant. One has to take a lot of time to understand the message conveyed by the article. The article is significant in that it shows how some societies in the United States were ignored by leaders and as a result, continued to suffer.
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty!: An American History. New York: W.W. Norton, 2012. Print.
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty!: An American History. New York: W.W. Norton, 2013. Print.