The Fiery Trial

Historian Eric Foner discusses how slavery and emancipation transformed Lincoln—and the nation—and gives the definitive history of Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. In The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, he gives an account of Lincoln’s political navigations that led to his rise as a leader, and how his pragmatism and principle led him to finally embrace the Civil War's “fundamental and astounding” result: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery.