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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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David Brion Davis’s pathbreaking study of the problem of slavery.

Hobsbawm’s life and writings will long serve as an inspiration to those who believe that a knowledge of history is essential to working for a better world.

Hobsbawm’s life and writings will long serve as an inspiration to those who believe that a knowledge of history is essential to working for a better world.

How social equality was used to discredit the egalitarian project of Reconstruction.

The values of the market have come to permeate every aspect of our society.

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.