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The fiery trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slavery

by Foner, Eric, 1943-

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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 step... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • "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.