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Eric Foner


Contact Information:
T (212) 854-5253
Expertise:
U.S. History
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United States
Affiliation:
DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, specializes in the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery, and 19th-century America. He is one of only two persons to serve as President of the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians. He has also been the curator of several museum exhibitions, including the prize-winning "A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln," at the Chicago Historical Society. His most recent book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Lincoln prizes for 2011. 

Major Publications

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World

Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction

Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History

Give Me Liberty! An American History

Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World

Dance for a City: Fifty Years of the New York City Ballet

The Story of American Freedom

America's Reconstruction: People and Politics after the Civil War

Thomas Paine

Freedom's Lawmakers: A Directory of Black Officeholders During Reconstruction

A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln

A Short History of Reconstruction

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877

Nothing But Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy

Politics and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War

Tom Paine and Revolutionary America

Nat Turner

America's Black Past: A Reader in Afro-American History

Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party

Before the Civil War

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