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Author photo. Prof. James M. McPherson (photo courtesy of Princeton University)

Prof. James M. McPherson (photo courtesy of Princeton University)

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James M. McPherson is the author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which won a Pulitzer Prize in history, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, a Lincoln Prize winner. He is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he also lives. His newest book, entitled Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with a short, but detailed look at this president's life. (Bowker Author Biography) James M. McPherson, McPherson was born in 1936 and received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1963. He began teaching at Princeton University in the mid 1960's and is the author of several articles, reviews and essays on the Civil War, specifically focusing on the role of slaves in their own liberation and the activities of the abolitionists. His earliest work, "The Struggle for Equality," studied the activities of the Abolitionist movement following the Emancipation Proclamation. "Battle Cry of Freedom" won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989. "Drawn With the Sword" (1996) is a collection of essays, with one entitled "The War that Never Goes Away," that is introduced by a passage from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address on March 4, 1865 from which its title came: "Fondly do we hope - and fervently do we pray - that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, 'the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'" "From Limited to Total War: 1861-1865" shows the depth of the political and social transformation brought about during the Civil War. It told how the human cost of the Civil War exceeded that of any country during World War I and explains the background to Lincoln's announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1862. The book also recounts the exploits of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first black regiments organized in the Civil War, and their attack on Fort Wagner in July 1863. It pays tribute to Robert Gould Shaw, the white commanding officer of the regiment, who died in the attack and was buried in a mass grave with many of his men. Professor McPherson's writings are not just about the middle decades of the nineteenth century but are also about the last decades of the twentieth century. The political turmoil prior to the Civil War, the violence of the war, Lincoln's legacy and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson shed some light on contemporary events. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Author) 4,807 copies, 68 reviews
Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam 768 copies, 6 reviews
To the Best of My Ability 394 copies, 2 reviews
What They Fought For, 1861-1865 277 copies, 1 review
The Atlas of the Civil War 263 copies, 2 reviews
Abraham Lincoln 240 copies, 9 reviews
The Civil War: An Illustrated History (Contributor) 1,766 copies, 14 reviews
Co. Aytch: A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War (Contributor) 709 copies, 12 reviews
Brother against Brother (Foreword) 457 copies
Booknotes: Stories from American History (Contributor) 417 copies, 5 reviews
Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War (Introduction, some editions) 252 copies, 11 reviews
Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World (Contributor) 100 copies, 3 reviews
The Mammoth Book of True War Stories (Contributor) 76 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1998 (Author "Antietam: The South's Missed Opportunity") 14 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1991 (Author "How Lincoln Won the War With Metaphor") 13 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1990 (Author "Ulysses S. Grant's Final Victory") 13 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1999 (Author "Failed Southern Strategies") 10 copies
Andersonville: The Complete Original Screenplay (Introduction, some editions) 9 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2007 (Author "Any Measure Which May Best Subdue the Enemy") 7 copies
Two Black Teachers During the Civil War (Introduction, some editions) 6 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2004 (Author "In Review: In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863") 5 copies
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