These eloquent, compelling essays show why Lincoln was a man of his time and a man for all time. There is better introduction to the complexities of his life and to why he still holds a spell over America and the world. -Library Journal Among these original essays by prize-winning historians, James M. McPherson examines Lincoln's deft navigation of the crosscurrents of politics and wartime strategy. Sean Wilentz elegantly explores Lincoln's debt to the democratic political tradition of Jefferson and Jackson. Eric Foner examines Lincoln's controversial position on the movement to colonize emancipated slaves outside the United States. James Oakes explores Lincoln's views on the rights of African Americans. There are also brilliant essays on Lincoln and civil liberties, and on his literary style, religious beliefs, and family life.
Eric Foner is the preeminent historian of his generation, highly respected by historians of every stripe-whether they specialize in political history or social history. His books have won the top awards in the profession, and he has been president of both major history organizations: the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He has worked on every detail of Give Me Liberty!, which displays all of his trademark strengths as a scholar, teacher, and writer. A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, he regularly teaches the nineteenth-century survey at Columbia University, where he is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. In 2011, Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize.