The Fiery Trial

Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

By Eric Foner
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393066180, 448pp.)

Publication Date: October 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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From a master historian comes the story of Lincoln's--and the nation's--transformation through the crucible of slavery and emancipation.

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012

Politicians love to invoke Honest Abe Lincoln, often while twisting his legacy to fit their own purposes. But who was the man, really? Steve Inskeep talks to three Lincoln historians â?? Andy Ferguson, of the Weekly Standard, and Doris Kearns Goodwin and Eric Foner â?? about the books they think best capture the former president's character. (This piece initially aired April 10, 2012 on Morning Edition.) More at

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Monday, Feb 21, 2011

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

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