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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

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Awards

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for History

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Absolutely brilliant....[T]he finest single volue on the war and its background. Battle Cry of Freedom is a beautifully written narrative." Thomas L. Connelly, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"A true landmark, surely the finest one-volume chronicle and analysis of the central event in the life of the nation." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Splendid....[L]ooks like the standard for the next three decades." Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek

Review:

"Brisk, lively, even at times tart....Grant, Lee, Sherman, Jeb Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, so many others: an American military pantheon. McPherson does his starry cast justice. He brings to vivid life not just commanding officers, but enlisted men, politicians, Abolitionists, Southern fire-eaters, Northern barn-burners, Copperheads, Know-Nothings." Mark Feeney, The Boston Sunday Globe

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345359421
Subtitle:
(the Civil War era )
Author:
McPherson, James M.
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Civil war, 1861-1865
Subject:
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Ballantine Books ed., Bibliography: p. 865-882
Series:
The Oxford history of the United States ;
Series Volume:
80-48v. 6
Publication Date:
1989
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xix, 904 p., 16 p. of pla
Dimensions:
9.21x6.13x1.57 in. 2.20 lbs.

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Product details xix, 904 p., 16 p. of pla pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345359421 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Absolutely brilliant....[T]he finest single volue on the war and its background. Battle Cry of Freedom is a beautifully written narrative."
"Review" by , "A true landmark, surely the finest one-volume chronicle and analysis of the central event in the life of the nation."
"Review" by , "Splendid....[L]ooks like the standard for the next three decades."
"Review" by , "Brisk, lively, even at times tart....Grant, Lee, Sherman, Jeb Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, so many others: an American military pantheon. McPherson does his starry cast justice. He brings to vivid life not just commanding officers, but enlisted men, politicians, Abolitionists, Southern fire-eaters, Northern barn-burners, Copperheads, Know-Nothings."
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