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The fiery trial: Abraham Lincoln and American slavery
Book 2529/Completed: 11/9/2011

Author:Foner, Eric. slavery / Eric Foner.
Edition:1st ed.
Published:New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2010.
Description:xxi, 426 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
LC Call No.:E457.2.F66 2010
Dewey No.:973.7092 22
ISBN:9780393066180
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-406) and index. "I am naturally anti-slavery": young Abraham Lincoln and slavery -- "Always a Whig": Lincoln, the law, and the second party system -- "The monstrous injustice": becoming a republican -- "A house divided": slavery and race in the late 1850s -- "The only substantial difference": secession and Civil War -- "I must have Kentucky": the border strategy -- "Forever free": the coming of emancipation -- "A new birth of freedom": securing emancipation -- "A fitting, and necessary conclusion": abolition, reelection, and the challenge of reconstruction -- "Every drop of blood": the meaning of the war. 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.
Subjects:Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Views on slavery.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States.
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