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Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era

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ISBN-10: 019516895X

ISBN-13: 9780195168952

Edition: 1988

Authors: James M. McPherson

List price: $19.95
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Now featuring a new Afterword by the author, this handy paperback edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom is without question the definitive 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 including the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. From there it moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself--the battles, the strategic maneuvering by each side, 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.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 952
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

James M. McPherson is the author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which won a Pulitzer Prize in history, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, a Lincoln Prize winner. He is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he also lives. His newest book, entitled Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with a short, but detailed look at this president's life.

Editor's Introduction
Prologue: From the Halls of Montezuma
The United States at Midcentury
Mexico Will Poison Us
An Empire for Slavery
Slavery, Rum, and Romanism
The Crime Against Kansas
Mudsills and Greasy Mechanics for A. Lincoln
The Revolution of 1860
The Counterrevolution of 1861
Facing Both Ways: The Upper South's Dilemma
Amateurs Go to War
Farewell to the Ninety Days' War
Blockade and Beachhead: The Salt-Water War, 1861-1862
The River War in 1862
The Sinews of War
Billy Yank's Chickahominy Blues
We Must Free the Slaves or Be Ourselves Subdued
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
John Bull's Virginia Reel
Three Rivers in Winter, 1862-1863
Fire in the Rear
Long Remember: The Summer of '63
Johnny Reb's Chattanooga Blues
When This Cruel War Is Over
If It Takes All Summer
After Four Years of Failure
We Are Going To Be Wiped Off the Earth
South Carolina Must Be Destroyed
We Are All Americans
Epilogue: To the Shoals of Victory
Abbreviated Titles
Bibliographic Note