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Eric Foner

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Eric Foner

Eric Foner, a member of The Nation’s editorial board, is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author, most recently, of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (Norton), was awarded the Pulitzer, Bancroft and Lincoln prizes.


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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.

Howard Zinn's writings remain essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the upheavals of the '60s

Like the Progressives, Obama seems to believe government can move beyond partisan politics.

As a politician, Lincoln's greatness lay in his capacity for growth. Can Obama follow suit?

Without the courage of the forgotten black legislators of the Reconstruction era, it would be impossible for a black man today to run for president.

Advocates of African-Americans and women achieve more by working together than by fighting.

In This Republic of Suffering, historian Drew Gilpin Faust strips from the Civil War any purpose beyond massive slaughter.

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

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.

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