Lincoln and Slavery


2nd Lieutenant
Oct 26, 2012

Book Discussion on The Fiery Trial

Eric Foner examines Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on slavery. Mr. Foner relays that early in Mr. Lincoln’s political career he was “naturally anti-slavery” but adhered to the Constitution’s protection of the institution in the original slave states. According to the author, Mr. Lincoln’s thinking shifted following the debate over the expansion of slavery to Kansas and Nebraska in 1854. Professor Foner follows President Lincoln’s political maturation and his complete refutation of slavery that the author contends is fully realized following the Civil War. Eric Foner discussed his book at the Newberry Library in Chicago.