The Fiery Trial

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The Fiery Trial

Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

By Eric Foner

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393066180, 448pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2010

A man of considered words and deliberate actions, Lincoln navigates the dynamic politics deftly, taking measured steps, often along a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party. Lincoln rises to leadership in the new Republican Party by calibrating his politics to the broadest possible antislavery coalition. As president of a divided nation and commander in chief at war, displaying a similar compound of pragmatism and principle, Lincoln finally embraces what he calls the Civil War's fundamental and astounding result: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery and recognition of blacks as American citizens Foner's Lincoln emerges as a leader, one whose greatness lies in his capacity for moral and political growth through real engagement with allies and critics alike. This powerful work will transform our understanding of the nation's greatest president and the issue that mattered most.

Monday, Feb 21, 2011

Abraham Lincoln always thought slavery was unjust � but struggled with what to do once slavery ended. Historian Eric Foner traces how Lincoln's thoughts about slavery � and freed slaves � mirrored America's own transformation in The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. More at

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