Eric Foner is my favorite Marxist — really. He’s an accomplished historian whose scholarship and intellectual rigor are never second-place to an ideological goal such as the political outcomes desired by New Left historians. His new history of Abraham Lincoln’s response to the expansion of slavery in the 1850s and the ideas in Lincoln’s Peoria Speeches is thoroughly reviewed here by NPR’s Terry Gross. The review also includes a generous excerpt from the new book. I am reading the book myself and will offer some observations at a later date.