U.S. History

2011 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER, HISTORY - Eric Foner, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery"

Eric Foner

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From the Newberry Library in Chicago, Eric Foner, history professor at Columbia University, examines Abraham Lincoln's thoughts on slavery.  Mr. Foner relays that early in Lincoln's political career he was "naturally anti-slavery" but adhered to the Constitution's protection of the institution in the original slave states.  According to the author, Lincoln's thinking shifted following the debate over the expansion of slavery to Kansas and Nebraska in 1854.  Mr. Foner follows President Lincoln's political maturation and his complete refutation of slavery that the author contends is fully realized following the Civil War.  This book was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History.   

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Eric Foner

Eric Foner is a history professor at Columbia University.  He is the author of several books on the Civil War, including Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men.  Mr. Foner is a former president of the Society of American Historians, American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians.  For more information, visit ericfoner.com.


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2011 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER, HISTORY - Eric Foner, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery"

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