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The Fiery Trial

Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

by Eric Foner

Hardcover, 426 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $29.95 |

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The Fiery Trial
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Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
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Eric Foner

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Book Summary

In a landmark work of deep scholarship and insight, Foner gives us a life of Lincoln as it intertwined with slavery, the defining issue of the time and the tragic hallmark of American history. The author demonstrates how Lincoln navigated a dynamic political landscape deftly, moving in measured steps, often on a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party, and that Lincoln's greatness lay in his capacity for moral and political growth.

Awards and Recognition

Pulitzer Prize (2011)