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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (991 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Foner Narrator: Norman Diet Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this landmark work of deep scholarship and insight, Eric Foner gives us the definitive history of Abraham Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. Foner begins with Lincoln’s youth in Indiana and Illinois and follows the trajectory of his career across an increasingly tense and shifting political terrain from Illinois to Washington, DC. Although “naturally anti-slavery” for as long as he can remember, Lincoln scrupulously holds to the position that the Constitution protects the institution in the original slave states. But the political landscape is transformed in 1854 when the Kansas-Nebraska Act makes the expansion of slavery a national issue.

A man of considered words and deliberate actions, Lincoln navigates the dynamic politics deftly, taking measured steps, often along a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party. Lincoln rises to leadership in the new Republican Party by calibrating his politics to the broadest possible antislavery coalition. As president of a divided nation and commander in chief at war, displaying a similar compound of pragmatism and principle, Lincoln finally embraces what he calls the Civil War’s “fundamental and astounding” result: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery and recognition of blacks as American citizens.

Foner’s Lincoln emerges as a leader, one whose greatness lies in his capacity for moral and political growth through real engagement with allies and critics alike. This powerful work will transform our understanding of the nation’s greatest president and the issue that mattered most.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin Pauls | 2/6/2014

    " Fascinating and well-researched book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill Gibson | 1/22/2014

    " Brilliant quasi-biography focused on Lincoln's ever-evolving approach to slavery. The book cements my view that Lincoln learned greatness during the course of his presidency. The book also gave appropriate attention to Lincoln's work as a practical politician, dealing with his party, congress, and patronage issues. Favorite anecdote: when Lincoln's black valet, William H. Johnson died in 1864, Lincoln arranged for him to be buried in Arlington cemetery, with a headstone (paid for by Lincoln) that read "CITIZEN." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill | 1/14/2014

    " Awesome. Dense. I put it down and then picked it back up a couple times. Well researched. It's a great examination of Lincoln views on slavery and how they evolved over time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Henry | 1/13/2014

    " Revealing Makes you think, angry, appreciate and wonder. Highly recommended. "

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