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Conversations With History: Eric Foner on Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

November 1, 2011

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In a video conversation with Harry Kreisler, the historian discusses Lincoln’s relationship to slavery over the course of his career and the comparisons between Lincoln and President Obama and the political situations they have confronted.

Recognizing the nerd in all of us, Guernica brings you Conversations with History, a video series of interviews with distinguished intellectuals conducted by creator and executive producer Harry Kreisler and produced by the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

In this week’s episode, Kreisler welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner for a discussion of his book, The Fiery Trial. The conversation focuses on Lincoln’s relationship to slavery over the course of his career. As Lincoln moved from local, to state and then national politics, he grew in stature and his understanding of the complexity of the issue matured. The discussion focuses on the key dimensions of his intellectual and political growth including Lincoln’s background, his command of language in his speeches and writings, and his remarkable skills as a political leader. The discussion concludes with a comparison of Lincoln and President Obama and the political situations they confronted.

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Harry 20bio.jpgHarry Kreisler is also the Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues.


 

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