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Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era (original 1988; edition 1988)

by James M. McPherson

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Title:Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era
Authors:James M. McPherson
Info:New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson (Author) (1988)

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What an incredible read. Very clear and precise writing. And the illustrations ares an added bonus that gave me further perspective on matters. Best book I've ever read on the subject. ( )
  Tracy_Tomkowiak | Sep 18, 2016 |
Good epic book, but I do prefer Shelby Foote. ( )
  Gary_Power | Jul 10, 2016 |
Every single time I start to write a review for Battle Cry for Freedom I come up with the same word - "comprehensive". It seems as if everyone and their brother uses this same word when writing a review. I guess it's appropriate because it definitely fits. Said another way: if the era, the climate of the times before, during and after the Civil War was an inanimate object it's as if McPherson studied it from every possible angle; getting on his knees, using a ladder to stand over it, circling around and around it to describe every little thing he sees, careful to leave not a single observation out. The end result is a comprehensive (there's that word again) view of what our fledgling country looked like. You'll meet Fire Eaters, Know Nothings, Butternuts, Copperheads, Knights of the Golden Circle, Whigs and the Free Soil Party in addition to the usual suspects like Robert E. Lee, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and John Brown, just to name a few. You'll see the country from an early economic and sociological standpoint. Industry and religion find their way into patriotism and what it meant to be independent. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jun 22, 2015 |
The civil war was a pivotal moment in american history and in the making of the country. McPherson's work esposes in a readable way the decisives facts of the ephoc and gives a fundamented account of its meaning. The author made an impressive research about the matter, telling the story with a slightly sympathy for the Union cause. A great book that leads to a great reading. ( )
  MarcusBastos | Feb 6, 2015 |
Absolutely the best comprehensive Civil War book I have ever read. It not only provides you with much in depth analysis and covers all the main points of the War thoroughly, but it also reads almost like a novel. In that I never got the bored feeling that often accompanies non fiction books that cover such a vast topic. It kept me interest from cover to cover and I would highly recommend that if you are destined to only read one book over the American Civil War, Battle Cry of Freedom should without question be you number one choice. Just a great, great book. ( )
  Zissou54 | May 20, 2014 |
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Both sides in the American Civil War professed to be fighting for freedom. (Preface)
On the morning of September 14, 1847, brilliant sunshine burned off the haze in Mexico City.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 019516895X, Paperback)

Published in 1988 to universal acclaim, this single-volume treatment of the Civil War quickly became recognized as the new standard in its field. James M. McPherson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for this book, impressively combines a brisk writing style with an admirable thoroughness. He covers the military aspects of the war in all of the necessary detail, and also provides a helpful framework describing the complex economic, political, and social forces behind the conflict. Perhaps more than any other book, this one belongs on the bookshelf of every Civil War buff.

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Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, this 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. It then moves into a chronicle of the war itself, the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities. Particularly notable are 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 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.… (more)

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