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Foner, Eric 1943-

Works: 278 works in 1,119 publications in 6 languages and 63,657 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Biography  Juvenile works  Examinations  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Publishing director, Adapter, zxx, Commentator, Contributor
Classifications: E668, 973.8
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Reconstruction : America's unfinished revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner( Book )

55 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 3,901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles how Americans responded to the changes unleashed by the Civil War and the end of slavery
The fiery trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slavery by Eric Foner( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 2,559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a landmark work of deep scholarship and insight, Foner gives us a life of Lincoln as it intertwined with slavery, the defining issue of the time and the tragic hallmark of American history. The author demonstrates how Lincoln navigated a dynamic political landscape deftly, moving in measured steps, often on a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party, and that Lincoln's greatness lay in his capacity for moral and political growth
The Reader's companion to American history by Eric Foner( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 2,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of the United States from the origins of its native people to the 1990s. Covers political, economic, cultural, and social history
Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad by Eric Foner( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 2,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's history. Now, making brilliant use of extraordinary evidence, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian once again reconfigures the national saga of American slavery and freedom. A deeply entrenched institution, slavery lived on legally and commercially even in the northern states that had abolished it after the American Revolution. Slaves could be found in the streets of New York well after abolition, traveling with owners doing business with the city's major banks, merchants, and manufacturers. New York was also home to the North’s largest free black community, making it a magnet for fugitive slaves seeking refuge. Slave catchers and gangs of kidnappers roamed the city, seizing free blacks, often children, and sending them south to slavery. To protect fugitives and fight kidnappings, the city's free blacks worked with white abolitionists to organize the New York Vigilance Committee in 1835. In the 1840s vigilance committees proliferated throughout the North and began collaborating to dispatch fugitive slaves from the upper South, Washington, and Baltimore, through Philadelphia and New York, to Albany, Syracuse, and Canada. These networks of antislavery resistance, centered on New York City, became known as the underground railroad. Forced to operate in secrecy by hostile laws, courts, and politicians, the city’s underground-railroad agents helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom between 1830 and 1860. Until now, their stories have remained largely unknown, their significance little understood. Building on fresh evidence -- including a detailed record of slave escapes secretly kept by Sydney Howard Gay, one of the key organizers in New York -- Foner elevates the underground railroad from folklore to sweeping history. The story is inspiring -- full of memorable characters making their first appearance on the historical stage -- and significant -- the controversy over fugitive slaves inflamed the sectional crisis of the 1850s. It eventually took a civil war to destroy American slavery, but here at last is the story of the courageous effort to fight slavery by "practical abolition," person by person, family by family. - Publisher
Free soil, free labor, free men: the ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War by Eric Foner( Book )

52 editions published between 1969 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since its publication twenty-five years ago, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men has been recognized as a classic, an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the causes of the American Civil War. A key work in establishing political ideology as a major concern of modern American historians, it remains the only full-scale evaluation of the ideas of the early Republican party. Now with a new introduction, Eric Foner puts his argument into the context of contemporary scholarship, reassessing the concept of free labor in the light of the last twenty-five years of writing on such issues as w
The story of American freedom by Eric Foner( Book )

43 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the course of our history, freedom has been a living truth for some Americans and a cruel mockery for others. In Eric Foner's stirring history, freedom's story is not the simple unfolding of a timeless truth, but an open-ended history of accomplishment and failure. Its impetus lies in the aspirations and sacrifice of millions of Americans, celebrated and anonymous, who have sought freedom's blessings. Its meaning is shaped not only in congressional debates and political treatises, but on plantations and picket lines, in parlors and bedrooms. Its cast of characters ranges from Thomas Jefferson to Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan, from former slaves seeking to breathe real meaning into emancipation to the union organizers, freedom riders, and women's rights advocates of our time."--Jacket
Tom Paine and Revolutionary America by Eric Foner( Book )

36 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical biography of the Revolutionary pamphleteer, exploring the origins, expression, and impact of his ideas and the place of his radical ideology in the eighteenth-century world
Forever free : the story of emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 2,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new examination of the years of Emancipation and Reconstruction during and immediately following the Civil War emphasizes the era's political and cultural meaning for today's America. Historian Foner overturns numerous assumptions growing out of the traditional understanding of the period, which is based almost exclusively on white sources and shaped by (often unconscious) racism. He presents the period as a time of determination, especially on the part of recently emancipated black Americans, to put into effect the principles of equal rights and citizenship for all. He makes clear how, by war's end, freed slaves built on networks of church and family in order to exercise their right of suffrage as well as gain access to education, land, and employment, and shows that the birth of the Ku Klux Klan and renewed acts of racial violence were retaliation for the progress made by blacks soon after the war.--From publisher description
Nothing but freedom : emancipation and its legacy by Eric Foner( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first essay examines the aftermath of slavery in Haiti and the British Caribbean, and also looks briefly at early twentieth-century racial and economic relations in southern and eastern Africa; The second essay turns to how the issues and patterns prevalent in the Caribbean and Africa were duplicated in the postemancipation United States; The third essay examines a specific set of events during American Reconstruction, the strikes of rice workers along the Combahee River in South Carolina, to illustrate how many issues were resolved at the local level. The purpose of this book, then, was to examine crucial aspects of the forging of a new social order in the aftermath of slavery.--Excerpted from the Introduction pp. 1-3
Give me liberty! : an American history by Eric Foner( Book )

109 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This specially priced version of the bestselling American History textbook features Eric Foner's clear, concise, and authoritative presentation. The Seagull Fourth Edition includes the text of the full Fourth Edition in a compact, low-price format. This edition also includes chronologies, focus questions, "Voices of Freedom" documents, key terms, and review questions. The StudySpace website gives you rich multimedia materials for review and research. -- Publisher
Politics and ideology in the age of the Civil War by Eric Foner( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Insisting that politics and ideology must remain at the forefront of any examination of nineteenth-century America, Foner reasserts the centrality of the Civil War to the people of that period. Taken together, the essays work towards reintegrating the social, political, and intellectual history of the nineteenth century
The incorporation of America : culture and society in the gilded age by Alan Trachtenberg( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in English and held by 1,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the expansion of capitalist power in the last third of the nineteenth century and the cultural changes it brought in its wake. In America's westward expansion, labor unrest, newly powerful cities, and newly mechanized industries, the ideals and ideas by which Americans lived were reshaped and American society became more structured, with an entrenched middle class and a powerful business elite
Who owns history? : rethinking the past in a changing world by Eric Foner( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains nine essays, written between 1983 and 2001, in which the author considers the relationship between the historian and his or her world, discussing the politics of history and historians, the rethinking of history in a changing world, and depictions of the Civil War
Our Lincoln : new perspectives on Lincoln and his world( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A volume of original essays on the sixteenth president includes James M. McPherson's evaluation of his politics and wartime strategies, Sean Wilentz's perspectives on Lincoln's party politics, and Eric Foner's assessment of his views on slavery and race
The long, bitter trail : Andrew Jackson and the Indians by Anthony F. C Wallace( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few issues in our history have proved as shameful as the white man's long conflict with Native Americans. The Indian Removal Act passed by Congress in 1830 was actively fostered by President Andrew Jackson. It called for eastern Indians to relocate west of the Mississippi River to the Oklahoma Territory - an early example of our government's racist policies. Anthony F.C. Wallace deals briefly with Indians of the Northeast, but focuses on the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast - Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, and Seminoles, whose ancestral lands were coveted by white settlers to meet exploding domestic and international demands for cotton. Andrew Jackson, Indian fighter and crafty negotiator, is at the book's center. He lived in an age dominated by self-serving moralists and untenable theories of Indians as savage, nomadic hunters who had to be either "civilized" or moved from the white man's path for their own good. The Indian removals in the 1830s over the Trail of Tears that led west culminated in tragedy for the Indians
The new American history by William E Woodward( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and Chinese and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally released in 1990, The New American History, edited for the American Historical Association by Eric Foner, has become an indispensable volume for teachers and students. In essays that chart the shifts in interpretation within their fields, some of our most prominent American historians survey the key works and themes in the scholarship of the last three decades. Along with the substantially revised essays from the first edition, this volume presents three entirely new ones -- on intellectual history, the history of the West, and the histories of the family and sexuality
A short history of Reconstruction, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the South after the Civil War
Spreading the American dream : American economic and cultural expansion, 1890-1945 by Emily S Rosenberg( Book )

6 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In examining the economic and cultural trs that expressed America's expansionist impulse during the first half of the twentieth century, Emily S. Rosenberg shows how U.S. foreign relations evolved from a largely private system to an increasingly public one and how, soon, the American dream became global
The American Revolution by Edward Countryman( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A newly revised version of a classic in American history When The American Revolution was first published in 1985, it was praised as the first synthesis of the Revolutionary War to use the new social history. Edward Countryman offered a balanced view of how the Revolution was made by a variety of groups-ordinary farmers as well as lawyers, women as well as men, blacks as well as whites-who transformed the character of American life and culture. In this newly revised edition, Countryman stresses the painful destruction of British identity and the construction of a new American one. He expands his geographical scope of the Revolution to include areas west of the Alleghenies, Europe, and Africa, and he draws fresh links between the politics and culture of the independence period and the creation of a new and dynamic capitalist economy. This innovative interpretation of the American Revolution creates an even richer, more comprehensive portrait of a critical period in America's history
The age of great dreams : America in the 1960s by David R Farber( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this absorbing new book, David Farber gives us the history of our collective and individual memories of the 1960s: the brilliant colors of revolt and rapture, of flames and raised fists, of napalm and tear gas, of people desperate to make history even as others fought fiercely to stop them. More than thirty years after the assassination of John F
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Reconstruction : America's unfinished revolution, 1863-1877
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Eric Foner Amerikaans historicus van de moderne tijd

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The fiery trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slaveryThe Reader's companion to American historyFree soil, free labor, free men: the ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil WarThe story of American freedomTom Paine and Revolutionary AmericaForever free : the story of emancipation and ReconstructionNothing but freedom : emancipation and its legacyGive me liberty! : an American history