This institute offers a series of eminent scholars who are intimately familiar with slavery and its relation to the Constitution.
Eric Foner/1 dayDeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of HistoryColumbia University
Eric Foner specializes in the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery and 19th-century America. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association and Society of American Historians. He has also been the curator of several museum exhibitions, including the prize-winning "A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln," at the Chicago Historical Society. His book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Lincoln prizes for 2011. His latest book is Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. Visit his faculty page at Columbia University to learn more.