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The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Pragmatic Whig, January 1, 2012

Focusing on President Lincoln, a painstakingly researched and nuanced examination of the changing views on slavery and race in the nation, from ante bellum to the end of the Civil War. As a young Whig congressman from Illinois, Lincoln opposes the expansion of slavery, not for its racial injustice against black Americans but because it devalues the labor of working whites. As the Whig party dissolves, he and other free-labor, anti-slavery Whigs join the new anti-slavery Republican Party, compromise seems only to whet Southern bellicosity, and the North grows impatient and increasingly abolitionist. While preservation of the union is Lincoln's primary objective, the President's beliefs evolve to a more inclusive view of the contributions and rights of newly emancipated black citizens. This book provides a fresh and well documented perspective on the issues of race and rights that still divide the nation.
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