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The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Eric Foner W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 26, 2011 - History - 448 pages 15 Reviews

“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. Preview this book »

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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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2 33 3 63 4 92 5 132 The Meaning of the War 323 Acknowledgments 337 Abbreviations Used in Notes 347 Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Eric Foner is the pre-eminent historian of the Civil War era. His teaching and scholarship have shaped our understanding of that pivotal period. His books have garnered every major award, including the Pulitzer Prize for The Fiery Trial, his study of Lincoln and American slavery. The DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, he also writes frequently for the Nation and other major periodicals. He lives in New York City.

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Title The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery Author Eric Foner Publisher W. W. Norton & Company, 2011 ISBN 039308082X, 9780393080827 Length 448 pages Subjects History  › United States  › Civil War Period (1850-1877)

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