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Eric Foner

DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University

Major works

Gateway To Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (2015)
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010)
Give Me Liberty: An American History (2010)

About Me

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of the most prominent historians in the United States. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Society of American Historians. His most recent book, Gateway To Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, is available wherever books are sold.

Professor Foner is the author or editor of over twenty books. His publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history and the history of American race relations. His most recent book, Gateway to Freedom, was released in the beginning of 2015. His previous book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2013), was awarded the Bancroft Prize, Pulitzer Prize for History, and The Lincoln Prize. Professor Foner is also the author of Give Me Liberty!: An American History, a widely-used survey textbook of U. S. history published by W. W. Norton and Co.

Additionally, he is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University. As co-curator of two award-winning historical exhibitions, and through frequent appearances in newspapers and magazines and on radio and television discussion programs, he has also endeavored to bring historical knowledge to a broad public outside the university.

Courses and Programs taught by Eric Foner

3 courses