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.
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.
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.
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.
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
George W. Bush's second inaugural address cynically invoked noble ideals for ignoble ends.
Ask Americans to enumerate their civil liberties and they instinctively turn to freedom of speech and the press.
The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for reading the Declaration of Independence and listening to patriotic speeches.
to the landmark Supreme Court rulings in Brown v. Board of
Education and Bolling v.
According to the Constitution, the President, with the consent of the Senate, selects the members of the Supreme Court.
Eric Foner was an expert witness in Grutter v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan law school case.