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SUMMARY Ç The Fiery Trial SUMMARY ´ IDELTA.US ´ Eric Foner SUMMARY The Fiery Trial Ident of a divided nation and commander in chief at war displaying a similar compound of pragmatism and principle Lincoln finally embraces what he calls the Civil War's “fundamental and astounding” result the immediate uncompensated abolition of slavery and recognition of blacks as American citizensFoner's Lincoln emerges as a leader one whose greatness lies in his capacity for moral and political growth through real engagement with allies and critics alike This powerful work will transform our understanding of the nation's greatest president and the issue that mattered mos. The Fiery Trial historian Eric Foner s Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Abraham Lincoln is a lucid well written exploration of a man compelled by circumstances and his own natural inclinations to grow In exploring Lincoln Foner adopts a minimalist approach that limits his narrative arc to the tight confines of Lincoln s thinking on the issue of slavery and how this thinking evolved over his lifetime Lincoln whose life in Foner s hands is stripped of all but it s most essential elements emerges as an enigmatic yet nonetheless appealing figure possessed of intelligence wit determination and that rarest combination of human ualities the ability to doubt to challenge and then to change The Fiery Trial is my first Lincoln biography Honestly given the patina of sainthood that inevitably surrounds Lincoln I ve avoided himthe world is run by flawed and haplessly wicked human beings and I had no time for saints What emerged from Foner s book however was not the portrait of a saint but rather of a good man who evolved into greatness Lincoln began his journey endowed with the racism of his time and while he was no fan of slavery he began his Presidency prepared to countenance it if it meant holding the Union together Step by flawed human step however Lincoln came to recognize slavery as an evil whose eradication was worthy of the sacrifice the nation made in blood to end it Interestingly as I read Foner s work I was reminded of Manning Marable s Malcom X A Life of Reinvention Like the intellectually curious keenly intelligent and scrupulously introspective Lincoln Malcolm X evolved throughout his lifetime and like Lincoln Malcolm s life was brought to an abrupt and cruel end before the journey was complete Both Foner and Marable inevitably lead one to speculateor maybe daydreamabout what further evolution was in store for the fascinating objects of their respective biographies and what we all lost because that evolution was cut off mid stride by men with guns

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SUMMARY Ç The Fiery Trial SUMMARY ´ IDELTA.US ´ Eric Foner SUMMARY The Fiery Trial From a master historian the story of Lincoln's and the nation's transformation through the crucible of slavery and emancipation Winner of the Pulitzer Prize the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln PrizeIn this landmark work of deep scholarship and insight Eric Foner gives us the definitive history of Lincoln and the end of slavery in America Foner begins with Lincoln's youth in Indiana and Illinois and follows the trajectory of his career across an increasingly tense and shifting political terrain from Illinois to Washington DC Although “naturally anti slavery” for as long as he. This book is a study of American slavery and the political events that shaped Lincoln s attitude toward it Conventional wisdom would indicate that Abraham Lincoln known as the Great Emancipator would also be an advocate of eual rights and racial integration It turns out that the historical reality is a bit complicated than that The journey from the antebellum years through the Civil War and into the Reconstruction era witnessed a long slow shift of public opinion in the midst of a wide spectrum of extremes in public sentiment on issues related to slavery race relations and civil rights The greatness of Lincoln becomes apparent in his ability to perform the almost impossible task of steering a moderate course through this treacherous time doing his best to keep the extremes at the table in an environment where it appeared that almost nobody was happy with his reluctance to support their extreme Along the way it is apparent that Lincoln learned from his experiences and that his views changed as the world around him changedMost people in the early 19th Century considered the abolitionists to be the radial fringe The antebellum northern states were surprisingly racist when viewed from today s standards Northern sentiment was mostly anti slavery but also anti negro They distinguished between natural rights social rights and legal rights The consensus seemed to be that freed Negroes deserved natural rights which meant they should benefit from the fruits of their labor But they didn t believe that freed blacks should have social rights to live among whites nor should they have the right to vote Examples that illustrate this attitude include an Illinois law the reuired any freed black to post a 1000 bond before they were allowed to live in the state Another example is the Federal Government refusing to issue passports to freed blacks on the basis that Negroes weren t citizens Also as late as the end of the Civil War only six of the northern states allowed freed blacks to voteAbraham Lincoln grew up in southern Illinois and as can be expected of a man from this community picked up many of the commonly held stereotypes of African Americans Lincoln probably never had an extended conversation with a black person before he became President He repeatedly said he hated slavery but neither he nor most Americans of the time had any idea of how to go about ending the peculiar institution Almost everyone agreed that it would take at least an generation or perhaps a 100 years to bring it to an end Many northerners including Lincoln believed that formers slaves would need to return to a tropical climate since obviously they couldn t stay in a white man s country The irony here is that few American negroes were interested in these colonization schemes A higher percentage of American slaves were native born than the white population Freed slaves were less likely to wish for a return to Africa than whites were willing to return to Europe Nevertheless Lincoln continued to be interested in various colonization plans even after members of his cabinet explained that it was logistically impossible The following uotation from the book describes a meeting between Lincoln and a group of African Americans during the Civil War where some of the things Lincoln said turned out to be somewhat prophetic of the direction history would actually take for the next 150 years You and we are different races Lincoln told them Because of white prejudice even when you cease to be slaves you are yet far removed from being placed on an euality with the white race It is better for us both therefore to be separated Lincoln offered a powerful indictment of slavery Your race are suffering in my judgment the greatest wrong inflicted on any people But he refused to issue a similar condemnation of racism although he also declined to associate himself with it Blacks he said could never be placed on a euality with the white race in the United States whether this is right or wrong I need not discuss If the Union army had been able to defeat the Confederacy within the first year of the war slavery would have probably been allowed to continue in the south with the stipulation that slavery was not be allowed to spread into the new territories But things did not go well for the north in the first couple years of the war So it became apparent the it would be a hard war war not simply of army against army but of society against society It became a war of attrition The North became desperate for troops so it finally began to allow freed slaves and freedmen to serve in the army Attitudes changed dramatically in the North when it became apparent that they were making significant contributions to the fighting of the war By the end of the Civil War about 10 percent of the Northern army was blackIt can be argued that if Sherman s army had not been able to occupy Atlanta before the date of the presidential election that Lincoln would not have been reelected The North s attitude toward the war changed completely with the fall of Atlanta which was a major rail hub The South had been cut it two and it was clear that the Confederacy had lost its means to supply its armiesThis book explains that Lincoln s plans for reconstruction were not finalized by the time of his death so it is not possible to predict what he would have done had he not been assassinated However the author says he is positive that Lincoln would not have become as estranged and alienated from Congress as his successor Andrew Johnson was He says that Lincoln was probably the most skilled politician of all time and was succeeded by the least skilled ie worst President in American historyThe following is taken from the NY Times review Lincoln once declared that he couldn t control events they controlled him More cogently than any previous historian Foner examines the political events that shaped Lincoln and ultimately brought out his true greatnessPerhaps events did indeed have an impact on Lincoln s actions However in my opinion if ever there is a case where one individual influenced the direction of the future it is Lincoln and the skill with which he responded to events The following is a review of this book from PageADay s Book Lover s Calendar for February 11 12 2012LIVING HISTORYThe Fiery Trial the definitive account of emancipation from a celebrated history professor at Columbia also embodies a thrilling and wholly new approach Eric Foner teases out the tangled knot of race and politics in 19th century America to illustrate how Lincoln calibrated his politics to achieve his goal the freedom of four million slaves and their recognition as American citizens Foner was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2006 His 2002 book Reconstruction won the Los Angeles Times Bancroft and Francis Parkman book prizesTHE FIERY TRIAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND AMERICAN SLAVERY by Eric Foner W W Norton 2010 The Sensory Order An Inuiry into the Foundations of 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been able to occupy Atlanta before the date of the presidential election that Lincoln would not have been reelected The North 1789 La grande svolta Dalla burocrazia dellassolutismo al parlamento della rivoluzione s attitude toward the war changed completely with the fall of Atlanta which was a major rail hub The South had been cut it two and it was clear that the Confederacy had lost its means to جانورشناسی عمومی جلد 1 supply its armiesThis book explains that Lincoln Valkyrie Valkyrie Darkness #1 s plans for reconstruction were not finalized by the time of his death The Broken God so it is not possible to predict what he would have done had he not been assassinated However the author Demon's Dream Bloodshadows says he is positive that Lincoln would not have become as estranged and alienated from Congress as his La educación en el arte posmoderno successor Andrew Johnson was He Mountain Born says that Lincoln was probably the most Globalhead skilled politician of all time and was BOUND BY BLOOD succeeded by the least The Sultan's Seraglio An Iimate Portrait of Life at the Ottoman Court skilled ie worst President in American historyThe following is taken from the NY Times review Lincoln once declared that he couldn t control events they controlled him More cogently than any previous historian Foner examines the political events that The Vampire's Mark 1 Dark Reign shaped Lincoln and ultimately brought out his true greatnessPerhaps events did indeed have an impact on Lincoln The Magic School Bus Kicks Up A Storm A Book About Weather Magic School Bus s actions However in my opinion if ever there is a case where one individual influenced the direction of the future it is Lincoln and the Rule Britannia skill with which he responded to events The following is a review of this book from PageADay La valle dei cavalieri s Book Lover DEADLY CURE SPIDER MAN SUPER THRILLER #2 Spider Man Super Thriller No 2 s Calendar for February 11 12 2012LIVING HISTORYThe Fiery Trial the definitive account of emancipation from a celebrated history professor at Columbia also embodies a thrilling and wholly new approach Eric Foner teases out the tangled knot of race and politics in 19th century America to illustrate how Lincoln calibrated his politics to achieve his goal the freedom of four million Ben Hur slaves and their recognition as American citizens Foner was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2006 His 2002 book Reconstruction won the Los Angeles Times Bancroft and Francis Parkman book prizesTHE FIERY TRIAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND AMERICAN SLAVERY by Eric Foner W W Norton 2010

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SUMMARY Ç The Fiery Trial SUMMARY ´ IDELTA.US ´ Eric Foner SUMMARY The Fiery Trial Can remember Lincoln scrupulously holds to the position that the Constitution protects the institution in the original slave states But the political landscape is transformed in 1854 when the Kansas Nebraska Act makes the expansion of slavery a national issueA man of considered words and deliberate actions Lincoln navigates the dynamic politics deftly taking measured steps often along a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party Lincoln rises to leadership in the new Republican Party by calibrating his politics to the broadest possible antislavery coalition As pres. Antebellum America has a certain dystopian fascination Colorblind civic nationality and a multiracial citizenry weren t unfulfilled promises they weren t even promised With his characteristic command of the era s ideological texture Foner transports readers of The Fiery Trial back to the 1850s where some senators think the Declaration of Independence a subversive document The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court declares that blacks have no rights a white man is bound to respect Northerners dislike blacks as much as they dislike slavery in fact associate master and slave in an undiscriminating abhorrence Outside of New England the free states bar blacks from voting from testifying in court from attending public school from entering the professions Illinois and Indiana earnestly though ineffectually prohibit black settlement The unowned the masterless black is an anathema nationwide In the conclaves and conventions of the emerging antislavery party the Republicans it s nigger this and nigger that amid excited planning of the post emancipation deportations Only the most radical abolitionists advocate black citizenship and in response most laugh and ask them But would you let your daughter marry one A formula fallen into disuse only recently And the future Emancipator is no lodestar beams faint hope to twenty first century citizen He seems a mere politician of the White Republic a man of his time a man of minor conscienceLincoln s thought in the late 1850s seemed suspended between a civic conception of American nationality based on the universal principle of euality and thus open to immigrants with no historic roots in this country and in principle to blacks and a racial nationalism that saw blacks as in some ways not truly American He found it impossible to imagine the United States as a biracial society When he spoke of returning blacks to Africa their own native land Lincoln revealed that he did not consider them an intrinsic part of American societyBut the twenty first century citizen does not matter Not at all I intrude from an America yet unborn For Lincoln and his colleagues the pressing issues are the infant party s unity and electoral success its consolidation of antislavery sentiment into a political movement capable of blocking the national expansion of slaveholding and contesting with the southern planters for the rod of empire Du Bois florid as usual To unite and advance his party savvy Lincoln sought the lowest common denominator of antislavery opinion In 1860 the lowest common denominator was opposition to slavery in the Western territories and disgust at the Supreme Court s perceived attack in the Dred Scott ruling on northern states bans on slaveholding within their borders Against these the bumpkin Negrophobe and radical Bostonian could unite Lincoln owed his nomination in 1860 to his appeal to both wings and almost everyone between He was the second choice of all factions Conservatives and moderates said Amen when he emphasized blocking expansion and pledged non interference with slavery where it already existed most believed that to confine slavery to the south was to put it on the road to extinction avoiding talk of civil rights and frankly scoffing at social euality while the radicals liked that he condemned slavery morally as a human wrong in a style he would further refine into the graven consecratory elouence we used to memorize in school Our republican robe is soiled and trailed in the dust Let us repurify it Let us turn and wash it white in the spirit if not the blood of the Revolution Let us turn slavery from its claims of moral right back upon its existing legal rights and its arguments of necessity Let us return it to the position our fathers gave it and there let it rest in peace Let us re adopt the Declaration of Independence and with it the practices and policy which harmonize with it Let north and south let all Americans let all lovers of liberty everywhere join in the great and good work If we do this we shall not only have saved the Union but we shall have so saved it as to make and to keep it forever worthy of the saving Speech at Peoria Ill 1854With Lincoln s election and secession and war the middle ground became much harder to occupy The lowest common denominator of antislavery opinion was becoming radical though in fits and starts and on sometimes unknowable levels Lincoln said that far from controlling events events controlled him A very suggestive evocation of the conflict s first 15 months War was weakening slavery and slaves escaped to encroaching Union lines to what one Virginia runaway called the Lincoln Army but the administration had no coherent slavery policy pursued euivocal and often conflicting measures Foner shows Lincoln at times far ahead of public opinion coaxing it cleverly at times merely marching in step with or even hastening to catch up to the Congress and the northern public in their tortuous debates and shifts of mind at the end of which lay the realization that since slavery caused the rebellion supported the rebellion was in fact the Confederacy s raison d tat then slavery must be destroyed Lincoln spoke of resorting to the Emancipation lever when he saw the Confederates determined to resist when he saw that a short limited war of chastening and restoration had become a fight to the finish a conuest a revolutionary remaking a crusade to break the Slave Power that had dominated the nation and now peevishly sought its dissolution with black soldiers thus black citizens to help in the breaking The Great Emancipator is a creature an offshoot of the hardcore nationalist ready to throw down in a total war using all indispensable means Better than any other speech or writing Foner uotes Lincoln s 1864 letter to a Kentucky editor reveals this mixed ambiguous humanitarian warlord who like his impassive enforcer Grant observed a distinction between his public duty to the nation and his private dislike of slavery and who became a crusader of immediate abolition only when slavery threatened the nation outright when in Whitman s words secession slavery the archenemy personifiedunmistakably show d his face I am naturally anti slavery If slavery is not wrong nothing is wrong I can not remember when I did not so think and feel And yet I have never understood that the Presidency conferred upon me an unrestricted right to act officially upon this judgment and feeling It was in the oath I took that I would to the best of my ability preserve protect and defend the Constitution of the United States I could not take the office without taking the oath Nor was it my view that I might take an oath to get power and break the oath in using the power I understood too that in ordinary civil administration this oath even forbade me to practically indulge my primary abstract judgment on the moral uestion of slaveryI did understand however that my oath to preserve the constitution to the best of my ability imposed upon me the duty of preserving by every indispensable means that government that nation of which that constitution was the organic law Was it possible to lose the nation and yet preserve the constitution I felt that measures otherwise unconstitutional might become lawful by becoming indispensable to the preservation of the constitution through the preservation of the nation Right or wrong I assumed this ground and now avow itWhen in March and May and July 1862 I made earnest and successive appeals to the border states to favor compensated emancipation I believed the indispensable necessity for military emancipation and arming the blacks would come unless averted by that measure They declined the proposition and I was in my best judgment driven to the alternative of either surrendering the Union and with it the Constitution or of laying strong hand upon the colored element I chose the latter In choosing it I hoped for greater gain than loss but of this I was not entirely confident More than a year of trial now shows no loss by it in our foreign relations none in our home popular sentiment none in our white military force no loss by it any how or any where On the contrary it shows a gain of uite a hundred and thirty thousand soldiers seamen and laborers These are palpable facts about which as facts there can be no cavilling We have the men and we could not have had them without the measureSo by 1863 the mysterious middle of northern opinion supported the war aim of emancipation and warily accepted after the stout showing of the 54th Massachusetts grudgingly admired black troops But unity around emancipation and unconditional surrender did not end the wrangling and controversy Postwar reconstruction loomed In the words of Lincoln s postmaster general they had yet to tackle the negro uestion as contradistinguished from the slave uestion Conservatives opposed black suffrage or at least wanted eligibility left up to the states which amounted to the same thing Radicals thought freedom worthless without suffrage and wanted it Federally guaranteed And Lincoln was again in his place as mediator Even as he mulled emancipation Lincoln had found it hard to imagine a black citizenship He had clung to the hope that if freed blacks would submit to colonization in Haiti or a tract of Colombia his agents had scouted As late as a month before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation he told a delegation of free blacks that there is an unwillingness on the part of our people harsh as it may be for you free colored people to remain with usI do not propose to discuss this but to propose it as a fact with which we have to dealIt is better therefore to be separatedJames M McPherson calls this meeting the lowest point of Lincoln s presidency Certainly President Lincoln is never farther from contemporary norms But I m not surprised or disgusted that Lincoln couldn t uite imagine blacks in the political nation culturally and sexually the nation was nothing if not amalgamated The shrewdest of politicians and a depressive writerly type he cast a cold eye in appraisal He knew his people And he knew himself as a Whig operative in the 1830s he had helped smear Democratic candidates as pro black He must have suspected how long whites would resist must have feared how divisive and disruptive anti black wedge issues as we call them would be to the politics of the patched up Union If he had had a crystal ball would he have been surprised by one of his party s lowest points when in 1980 Ronald Reagan told a crowd in Philadelphia Mississippi where Schwerner Chaney and Goodman were murdered sixteen years earlier I believe in states rights Would he have been shocked that open negrophobia was in time subtilized into dog whistles like welfare ueens I doubt it Lincoln never publicly mentioned colonization after the Proclamation took effect He understood that the blacks who joined the fight did so for freedom in their homeland not freedom followed by banishmentThere are getting to be many black troops There is one very good regiment here as black as tar they go around have the regular uniform they submit to no nonsense Others are constantly forming It is getting to be a common sight Whitman letter to his mother 30 June 1863 At this historical juncture it was of immense importance that Lincoln was an unbigoted morally impressionable man His appreciation of the nation saving contribution of black troops helped him imagine their citizenship despite his continuing melancholic dwelling through 1863 on the viciousness of white racism of the Draft Riots he sighed privately It would be far better to separate the races than to have such scenes as those in New York the other day where negroes were hanged to lampposts Of eual importance Foner argues were his meetings with black leaders Frederick Douglass and the Episcopal pastor Alexander Crummell later a mentor to Du Bois among others disclosed to Lincoln an educated politically prominent class whose formation American law and custom had done much to discourage and of which he like most whites was ignorant or incredulous Massed behind Douglass a self taught low born orator like himself to Grant he would later describe Douglass as one of the most meritorious men in America Lincoln saw patriots eager for a country citizens hungry to join the political nation Douglass was for his part impressed by Lincoln s entire freedom from popular prejudice against the colored race by his willingness to receive an ex slave just as you have seen one gentleman receive another In his view Lincoln was one of the very few Americans who could entertain a Negro and converse with him without in anywise reminding him of the unpopularity of his color Lincoln delivered his so called last speech on April 11 1865 from the balcony of the White House Addressing Reconstruction he acknowledged black claims to political rights and announced his support for limited suffrage veterans and an unspecified elect he called the very intelligent The speech struck even moderates as tepid and waffling but one member of the audience John Wilkes Booth got the message That means nigger citizenship he fumed Foner s strength is his reanimation of the era s debates its political communication He is not a dramatic historian He is indifferent to the literary climaxes Lincoln s presidency suggests He never mentions Lincoln and Grant s June 1864 visit to Hinks black division in the Petersburg lines After the review soldiers broke ranks and mobbed the president stroking his horse kissing his hands a scene that left Lincoln choked up and speechless And Foner passes uickly over Lincoln s entrance into fallen Richmond The late rebel capital s black population thronged the streets forming a jubilation of shouting and praying around the president and his small bodyguard of Marines as they walked to the Confederate White House where Lincoln showing the same the homely flair as Grant sat at the desk of the fugitive Davis and coolly drank a glass of water leaving it to the flamboyantly tacky General and Mrs Custer to spend the night in Davis bed That day a freedwoman of Richmond was heard to shout I know I am free for I have seen Father Abraham and felt him Another cried He s been in my heart four long years Come to free his children from bondage Frederick Douglass expressly repudiated this paternity at the 1876 dedication of an emancipation monument in Washington DC He told the mostly white crowd you are the children of Abraham Lincoln We are at best only his step children The jubilant hyperbole of the newly freed is beautiful but Douglass is right Or at least he offers a vista for the imagination as Santayana would say whose irony and ambiguity I find compelling even than the poetic resonances Father Abraham the ex slaves summoned from their one book In Douglass vista Lincoln is a politician of the White Republic before he is a straightforward savior an embattled president pragmatic and deal making before he belongs to the ages A transition a gateway a mediator between what was before the war and what came after between the nation he was from and the nation he promised


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  • Hardcover
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  • The Fiery Trial
  • Eric Foner
  • English
  • 24 December 2019
  • 9780393066180