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Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton professor of history at Columbia University, is one of this country’s most prominent historians.  

He will discuss his book “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.” 

He is one of only two people to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians. He is one of a handful to have won the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes in the same year. 

Foner’s publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history and the history of American race relations. 

He has written numerous books, including “Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877.” 

He revised the presentation of American history at the Hall of Presidents at Disney World and Meet Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland, and has served as consultant to several National Parks Service historical sites and historical museums.