Nicholas Guyatt: Abraham Lincoln, 1 December 2011
Show More The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner.
Norton, 426 pp., £21, February 2011, 978 0 393 06618 0Show More
“... to the project, and his personal access to Lincoln frustrated key figures in the cabinet. William Seward, the secretary of state, opposed colonisation and held it up; John Usher, the interior secretary, claimed authority over the emigration bureau and felt undermined by Mitchell; Edwin Stanton, the secretary of war, coveted black manpower for the ...”