Battle Cry of Freedom : The Civil War Era

ISBN-10: 0345359429

ISBN-13: 9780345359421

Edition: N/A

Authors: James M. McPherson

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The esteemed, Pulitzer Prize-Winning history of the Civil War that brings to vivid life, the generals, the presidents, the soldiers, politicians, Abolitionists, Southern fire-eaters, Northern barn-burners, Copperheads, and Know-Nothings. An instant classic, this is the single volume on the tragic war and its background that every historian--amateur or trained--will want to have on the shelf to read again and again.
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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/21/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 928
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

James M. McPherson, McPherson was born in 1936 and received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1963. He began teaching at Princeton University in the mid 1960's and is the author of several articles, reviews and essays on the Civil War, specifically focusing on the role of slaves in their own liberation and the activities of the abolitionists. His earliest work, "The Struggle for Equality," studied the activities of the Abolitionist movement following the Emancipation Proclamation. "Battle Cry of Freedom" won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989. "Drawn With the Sword" (1996) is a collection of essays, with one entitled "The War that Never Goes Away," that is introduced by a passage from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address on March 4, 1865 from which its title came: "Fondly do we hope - and fervently do we pray - that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, 'the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'" "From Limited to Total War: 1861-1865" shows the depth of the political and social transformation brought about during the Civil War. It told how the human cost of the Civil War exceeded that of any country during World War I and explains the background to Lincoln's announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1862. The book also recounts the exploits of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first black regiments organized in the Civil War, and their attack on Fort Wagner in July 1863. It pays tribute to Robert Gould Shaw, the white commanding officer of the regiment, who died in the attack and was buried in a mass grave with many of his men. Professor McPherson's writings are not just about the middle decades of the nineteenth century but are also about the last decades of the twentieth century. The political turmoil prior to the Civil War, the violence of the war, Lincoln's legacy and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson shed some light on contemporary events.

Editor's Introductionp. xvii
Prologue: From the Halls of Montezumap. 3
The United States at Midcenturyp. 6
Mexico Will Poison Usp. 47
An Empire for Slaveryp. 78
Slavery, Rum, and Romanismp. 117
The Crime Against Kansasp. 145
Mudsills and Greasy Mechanics for A. Lincolnp. 170
The Revolution of 1860p. 202
The Counterrevolution of 1861p. 234
Facing Both Ways: The Upper South's Dilemmap. 276
Amateurs Go to Warp. 308
Farewell to the Ninety Days' Warp. 339
Blockade and Beachhead: The Salt-Water War, 1861-1862p. 369
The River War in 1862p. 392
The Sinews of Warp. 428
Billy Yank's Chickahominy Bluesp. 454
We Must Free the Slaves or Be Ourselves Subduedp. 490
Carry Me Back to Old Virginnyp. 511
John Bull's Virginia Reelp. 546
Three Rivers in Winter, 1862-1863p. 568
Fire in the Rearp. 591
Long Remember: The Summer of '63p. 626
Johnny Reb's Chattanooga Bluesp. 666
When This Cruel War Is Overp. 689
If It Takes All Summerp. 718
After Four Years of Failurep. 751
We Are Going To Be Wiped Off the Earthp. 774
South Carolina Must Be Destroyedp. 807
We Are All Americansp. 831
Epilogue: To the Shoals of Victoryp. 853
Abbreviated Titlesp. 863
Bibliographic Notep. 865
Indexp. 883
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