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The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history.

McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays--pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburg campaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning for America and the world.

Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.

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"One of the many reasons why James M. McPherson is the pre-eminent contemporary historian of the Civil War — perhaps the pre-eminent historian of that war, period — is that he knows historical truth is slippery and arguments over it are eternal. The 'scholarly pendulum has a way of swinging from one side to the other,' he writes. 'The field of Civil War history,' he adds, 'has produced more... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history.

McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays--pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburg campaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning for America and the world.

Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.

About the Author

James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War, including Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, which won the prestigious Lincoln Prize in 1998.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

I. Slavery and the Coming of War

1. And the War Came

2. Escape and Revolt in Black and White

II. The Lost Cause Revisited

3. The Confederacy: A House Divided?

4. Was the Best Defense a Good Offense? Jefferson Davis and Confederate Strategies

5. The Saratoga That Wasn't: The Impact of Antietam Abroad

6. To Conquer a Peace? Lee's Goals in the Gettysburg Campaign

7. The Last Rebel: Jesse James

8. Long-Legged Yankee Lies: The Lost Cause Textbook Crusade

III. Architects of Victory

9. "We Stand by Each Other Always": Grant and Sherman

10. The Hard Hand of War

11. Unvexed to the Sea: Lincoln, Grant, and the Vicksburg Campaign

IV. Home Front and Battle Front

12. Brahmins at War

13. "Spend Much Time in Reading the Daily Papers": The Press and Army Morale in the Civil War

14. No Peace Without Victory, 1861-1865

V. Lincoln

15. To Remember That He Had Lived

16. "As Commander-in-Chief I Have a Right to Take Any Measure Which May Best Subdue the Enemy"

Notes

Index

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SandyLapper, September 30, 2007 (view all comments by SandyLapper)
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It’s fall 2007 and time again for another episode of “Let’s Kick the Southerners: or, Did I Mention I Was Right the First Time?” based on the book This Mighty Scourge.
Forget that the northern slave traders made a killing off the slave trade without any scruples or ethical concerns. Forget that northern soldiers didn’t want to fight alongside their black compatriots. Forget that the worst race riots in our nation’s history were in the north. Forget that Southern women held “The Cause” in higher regard than the lives of their own sons. Forget that the war was one of attrition and superior northern technology.
Forget all these things as northern historians jockey for position to slam the South into submission once again. The same cast of characters and plots return for another fun-filled season of Southern stupidity and bigotry. Directed by Ken Burns.
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ISBN:
9780195313666
Author:
Mcpherson, James M
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
McPherson, James M.
Author:
null, James M
Subject:
Essays
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
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Publication Date:
20070231
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HARDCOVER
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General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.27x6.40x.92 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history.

McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays--pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburg campaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning for America and the world.

Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.

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