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Title:Battle Cry of Freedom
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Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN:019516895X
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Number of Pages:867
Category:History, Civil war, Non fiction, War, American civil war, Military history

Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Battle Cry of Freedom Filled with fresh interpretations and information puncturing old myths and challenging new ones i Battle Cry of Freedom i 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 s 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 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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James McPherson has emerged as one of America s finest historians Battle Cry of Freedom his Pulitzer Prize winning account of the Civil War was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan in The New York Times Book Review called history writing of the highest order In that volume McPherson gathered in the broad sweep of events the political social and cultural forces at work during the Civil War era Now in Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution he offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on aspects of Lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth br McPherson again displays his keen insight and sterling prose as he examines several critical themes in American history He looks closely at the President s role as Commander in Chief of the Union forces showing how Lincoln forged a national military strategy for victory He explores the importance of Lincoln s great rhetorical skills uncovering how through parables and figurative language he was uniquely able to communicate both the purpose of the war and a new meaning of liberty to the people of the North In another section McPherson examines the Civil War as a Second American Revolution describing how the Republican Congress elected in passed an astonishing blitz of new laws rivaling the first hundred days of the New Deal and how the war not only destroyed the social structure of the old South but radically altered the balance of power in America ending years of Southern power in the national government br The Civil War was the single most transforming and defining experience in American history and Abraham Lincoln remains the most important figure in the pantheon of our mythology These graceful essays written by one of America s leading historians offer fresh and unusual perspectives on both br, From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom i a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy i br br History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations If that cause had succeeded it would have torn the United States in two and preserved the institution of slavery Many Americans in Davis s own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader if not a traitor Not so argues James M McPherson In i Embattled Rebel i McPherson shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history but it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause s failure In order to understand the Civil War and its outcome it is essential to give Davis his due as a military leader and as the president of an aspiring Confederate nation Davis did not make it easy on himself His subordinates and enemies alike considered him difficult egotistical and cold He was gravely ill throughout much of the war often working from home and even from his sickbed Nonetheless McPherson argues Davis shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy with clarity and force the quest for independent nationhood Although he had not been a fire breathing secessionist once he committed himself to a Confederate nation he never deviated from this goal In a sense Davis was the last Confederate left standing in As president of the Confederacy Davis devoted most of his waking hours to military strategy and operations along with Commander Robert E Lee and delegated the economic and diplomatic functions of strategy to his subordinates Davis was present on several battlefields with Lee and even took part in some tactical planning indeed their close relationship stands as one of the great military civilian partnerships in history Most critical appraisals of Davis emphasize his choices in and management of generals rather than his strategies but no other chief executive in American history exercised such tenacious hands on influence in the shaping of military strategy And while he was imprisoned for two years after the Confederacy s surrender awaiting a trial for treason that never came and lived for another twenty four years he never once recanted the cause for which he had fought and lost McPherson gives us Jefferson Davis as the commander in chief he really was showing persuasively that while Davis did not win the war for the South he was scarcely responsible for losing it, No description available, This text describes the social economic political and ideological conflicts that led to a unique tragic and transitional event in American history The third edition incorporates recent scholarship and addresses renewed areas of interest in the Civil War Reconstruction era including the motivations and experiences of common soldiers and the role of women in the war effort