The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson

The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

byJames M. McPherson

Kobo ebook | December 11, 2003

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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.

Title:The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War EraFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 11, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Bought this book from the Chapters bookstore and have been reading it ever since. A very good read for people interested in the civil war.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Probably the best example of historical writing I have read. Incredibly detailed but not in a boring way. Deals with all aspects of the war from the causes, to the battles, the home front to why the North won. The one thing I would have liked is a better look at the consequences of the war but, like the author says, that is for another volume.
Date published: 2017-05-01
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