Eric Foner, a member of The Nation’s editorial board and the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is the author, most recently, of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.
Too many Americans have fallen prey to narratives that erase the role of slavery in the war’s origins and legacy.
Robin Blackburn's The American Crucible treats modern slavery as an international institution with national histories.
America may have a black president—but very few other African-Americans have been elected to political office.
Some dispute the role of slavery as the central cause of the war, but we remain prisoners of the past if we do not face this fact.
Two new books argue that the South's slaveholding republic faced a crisis of legitimacy from the outset.
Texas's new curriculum teaches students about: women who adhere to traditional gender roles, the Confederacy, some parts of the Constitution, capitalism, the military and religion.