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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War

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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.

Synopsis:

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. A fast-paced narrative integrates the political, social and military events from the outbreak in Mexico to the ending at Appomattox.

About the Author

James M. McPherson is Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University. His books include The Struggle for Equality, Marching Toward Freedom, and Ordeal by Fire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195038637
Author:
McPherson, James M.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, James M
Author:
McPherson, James M.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Reconstruction
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
History, American | Civil War
Subject:
History, American | Civil War and Reconstruction
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
History, American | Civil War & Reconstruction
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
Military - Other
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Oxford History of the United States (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
Vol. 6
Publication Date:
19880231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 maps, 35 photos
Pages:
944
Dimensions:
6.5 x 9.5 x 1.95 in 2.9 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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. A fast-paced narrative integrates the political, social and military events from the outbreak in Mexico to the ending at Appomattox.

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