Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery with Eric Foner (Conversations with History)
Premiere Date: 11/7/2011; 54 minutes

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Conversations host Harry 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 confront. (#22930)

K-12 Educational Standards

Standards for Grade(s): 11

Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills

11.10 Students analyze the development of federal civil rights and voting rights.

Standards for Grade(s): 8

Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills

8.1 Students understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional democracy.

2. Analyze the philosophy of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence, with an emphasis on government as a means of securing individual rights (e.g., key phrases such as ôall men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rightsö).

Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills

8.10 Students analyze the multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil War.

Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills

8.2 Students analyze the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution and compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government.

Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills

8.7 Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the South from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.

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