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Battle Cry of Freedom

Battle Cry of Freedom

  • Title: Battle Cry of Freedom
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  • ISBN : 9780195168952
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 867 pages


Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one volume history of the Civil War James McPherson s fast paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the endi Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one volume history of the Civil War James McPherson s fast paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox Packed with drama and analytical insight, the book vividly recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln Douglas debates, John Brown s raid on Harper s Ferry and then moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities Particularly notable are McPherson s new views on such matters as the slavery expansion issue in the 1850s, the origins of the Republican Party, the causes of secession, internal dissent and anti war opposition in the North and the South, and the reasons for the Union s victory The book s title refers to the sentiments that informed both the Northern and Southern views of the conflict the South seceded in the name of that freedom of self determination and self government for which their fathers had fought in 1776, while the North stood fast in defense of the Union founded by those fathers as the bulwark of American liberty Eventually, the North had to grapple with the underlying cause of the war slavery and adopt a policy of emancipation as a second war aim This new birth of freedom, as Lincoln called it, constitutes the proudest legacy of America s bloodiest conflict This authoritative volume makes sense of that vast and confusing second American Revolution we call the Civil War, a war that transformed a nation and expanded our heritage of liberty


Author James M McPherson

James M McPherson born October 11, 1936 is an American Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis 86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University He received the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, his most famous book He was the president of the American Historical Association in 2003, and is a member of the editorial board of Encyclop dia Britannica.Bor




Battle Cry of Freedom Reviews (31)

  • Embarking on reading or in this case rerereading McPherson s civil war at 800 plus pages feels like committing to refighting that four year conflict One feels the need of a logistics corps to support the reading effort at the front as the page counts mounts and mounts The book itself particularly in [..]

  • Being a young history buff, it took me 3 weeks and 3 days to read this That is, 3 weeks of contemplating reading it and proceeding to finish it in 3 days This book is undoubtedly the best 1 volume book on the war that divided and reunited America but ended some of our back then traditions such as sl [..]

  • It is reported that there are 15,000 books on the Civil War in the Library of Congress, so the natural question is where do you start Further, Most of the seminal Civil War works are volumes and thousands of pages Well in 850 pages, McPherson provides succint, yet thorough historical writing of the [..]

  • If you want detailed discussion of battles, this is not the book for you If you want detailed descriptions of key actors during the Civil War, this will not be the book for you But if you want an all encompassing volume, linking the battles, economic issues, social life, culture, and politics, then [..]

  • The times, they change so fast, and the Young People Today know nothing of drive ins of paper routes of bizarrely racist street parades Indiana Democrats organized a parade which included young girls in white dresses carrying banners inscribed Fathers, save us from nigger husbands p 159 A Democratic [..]

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