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The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery



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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.

Author Biography

Eric Foner's major works have reshaped the fields of Civil War and Reconstruction history and won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, Parkman, Lincoln, and Los Angeles Times Book prizes. He is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
"I Am Naturally Anti-Slaver)": Young Abraham Lincoln and Slaveryp. 3
"Always a Whig": Lincoln, the Law, and the Second Party Systemp. 33
"The Monstrous Injustice": Becoming a Republicanp. 63
"A House Divided': Slavery and Race in the Late 1850$p. 92
"The Only Substantial Difference": Secession and Civil Warp. 132
"I Must Have Kentucky": The Border Strategyp. 166
"Forever Free": The Coming of Emancipationp. 206
"A New Birth of Freedom": Securing Emancipationp. 248
"A Fitting, and Necessary Conclusion": Abolition, Reelection, and the Challenge of Reconstructionp. 290
Epilogue"Every Drop of Blood": The Meaning of the Warp. 323
Acknowledgmentsp. 337
Chronology of Lincoln, Slavery, and Emancipationp. 339
Abbreviations Used in Notesp. 347
Notesp. 349
Indexp. 407
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