While many thousands of books deal with Lincoln and slavery, Eric Foner has written the definitive account of this crucial subject, illuminating in a highly original and profound way the interactions of race, slavery, public opinion, politics, and Lincoln's own character that led to the wholly improbable uncompensated emancipation of some four million slaves. Even seasoned historians will acquire fresh and new perspectives from reading The Fiery Trial. --David Brion Davis, author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World"
About the Author
Eric Foner's major works reshaped the fields of Civil War and Reconstruction history, and won the Bancroft, Parkman, and Los Angeles Times Book prizes. He is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University.