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Eric Foner

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.

  • History November 8, 2007

    Reading Lincoln in Pakistan

    Pervez Musharraf wraps himself in Lincoln's mantle, but no one is fooled.

    Eric Foner

  • History February 27, 2007

    Lincoln’s Antiwar Record

    Looking for a model lawmaker who called a President to account for launching a war on fabricated grounds? Consider Illinois Representative Abraham Lincoln's rebuke of James Polk.

    Eric Foner

  • Society January 18, 2007

    The President and the Prophet

    The Radical and the Republican traces the antislavery politics of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

    Eric Foner

  • Racism and Discrimination October 26, 2005

    Rosa Parks: A Woman of Substance

    Frozen in memory as the simple woman who helped to bring down segregation, Rosa Parks was far more complex and formidable than the popular imagination makes her out to be . A fuller picture of her life should make us also remember the many unsung heroes and heroines who came before and after her.

    Eric Foner

  • Government October 12, 2005

    The American Political Tradition

    The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln expertly balances the roots of a political revolution: the impact of a few key leaders and the lives and aspirations of ordinary citizens engaging with the government for the first time.

    Eric Foner

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  • Cities September 15, 2005

    Bread, Roses and the Flood

    The only bright spot in this man-made disaster has been the wave of public outrage at the Administration's failure to provide aid to the most vulnerable.

    Eric Foner

  • Government September 6, 2005

    The Power of Outrage

    A nation's conscience is stirred by the abandonment of the poor and the frail: This may be the one bright spot of the man-made disaster on the Gulf Coast. Eric Foner gives a history lesson.

    Eric Foner

  • Foreign Policy January 27, 2005

    ‘Freedom’ Belongs to All

    George W. Bush's second inaugural address cynically invoked noble ideals for ignoble ends.

    Eric Foner

  • History November 18, 2004

    Suspension of Disbelief

    Ask Americans to enumerate their civil liberties and they instinctively turn to freedom of speech and the press.

    Eric Foner

  • Politics July 1, 2004

    True Patriotism

    The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for reading the Declaration of Independence and listening to patriotic speeches.

    Eric Foner