Inthe chapter, Foner argues that the new way of establishing andrealizing freedom is by an economic endowment of people and notthrough social and political dynamics. The main argument of Foner isthat the understanding of freedom in America has changed and thecontexts that define the concept of freedom has changed over time.
Accordingto Foner, the American freedom is not understood during this period,because people define it using the past contexts. Foner (196) arguesthat old elements of freedom in the united states and the largerworld were dominated by social revolutions and political factors.However, the determinants of freedom have changed to a new way, a waythat Foner describes as the “new deal. Foner argues that the mainelements that define freedom in current times are economic factorsfocused on the economic alignments. The understanding of the isdifferent since it involves different economic freedom and securityhas dominated the world view.
Topresent his argument, Foner cites the developments in the Americanhistory that illustrate different contexts of understanding freedom.In an agreement with this notion, Borgwardt (27) argues that todefine freedom, people used social factors and political liberties.This issue is also noted by Weinstein and Rubel (31) as they explainthat economic security and endowment supersedes social and politicalspace in regard to liberty and social stratification in a typicalsociety. Foner indicates that from the past history, economic andindustrial freedom was the still the basis of understanding freedom.Foner basis this argument by exploring history, economiccircumstances of government control, labor relations, poverty andsocial security among others. This illustrates the consistency in theargument of Foner on economic security and industrial freedom.
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