The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 26, 2011 - History - 448 pages

“A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston Globe

Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with the nation's critical issue: American slavery. A master historian, Eric Foner draws Lincoln and the broader history of the period into perfect balance. We see Lincoln, a pragmatic politician grounded in principle, deftly navigating the dynamic politics of antislavery, secession, and civil war. Lincoln's greatness emerges from his capacity for moral and political growth.
 

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User Review  - stevesmits - LibraryThing

We know Lincoln as the “Great Emancipator”. While he certainly was that his views and policies on slavery and race were intricate, astutely politically crafted and, most importantly, evolved ... Read full review

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

A look into the era of the American Civil War, pre, during and after, and the issue of slavery. And how Abraham Lincoln's views changed or evolved over time, or did they, maybe the world evolved to his original point of view. Read full review

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The Meaning of the War
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Acknowledgments
337
Abbreviations Used in Notes
347
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Eric Foner is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War and Reconstruction, including The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University.

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