The fiery trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slavery / Eric Foner.
Author: Foner, Eric.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2010.
ISBN: 9780393066180 (hc)
Description: xxi, 426 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Views on slavery.
Slaves Emancipation United States.
Contents: "I am naturally anti-slavery" : young Abraham Lincoln and slavery -- "Always a Whig" : slavery, 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 war.
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.