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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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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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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Eric Foner is the pre-eminent historian of his generation, highly respected by historians of every stripe—whether they specialize in political history or social history. His books have won the top awards in the profession, and he has been president of both major history organizations: the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He has worked on every detail of Give Me Liberty!, which displays all of his trademark strengths as a scholar, teacher, and writer. A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, he regularly teaches the nineteenth-century survey at Columbia University, where he is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. In 2011, Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize.

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