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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

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By (author) James M. McPherson

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 944 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 46mm | 600g
  • Publication date: 29 March 1990
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140125183
  • ISBN 13: 9780140125184
  • Illustrations note: maps, illustrations, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 80,306

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McPherson recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War including the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. From there it moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself - the battles, the strategic maneuvering by each side, the politics, and the personalities.

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James McPherson is Professor Emeritus of American History at Princeton University. Battle Cry of Freedom won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2003.

Editorial reviews

Using as pivots the notions of slavery and freedom, and each term's various interpretations, McPherson gives a lucid and compelling account of the war that claimed more American lives than all its subsequent conflicts combined, including two world wars. He uses a dazzling narratorial style to interweave symbiotic themes of economics, politics, military history and diplomacy; important events were often taking place simultaneously, at once disparate and yet mutually influential. This level of complexity has led past historians to write tomes on the subject, yet McPherson manages to pack it all into one of ten books which together make up the Oxford History of the United States. A definitive guide to the American Civil War and its impact on American consciousness. (Kirkus UK)

Table of contents

Prologue: from the halls of Montezuma. The United States of midcentury; Mexico will poison us; an empire for slavery; slavery, rum and Romanism; the crime against Kansas; mudsills and greasy mechanics for A. Lincoln; the revolution of 1860; the counterrevolution of 1861; facing both ways - the upper south's dilemma; amateurs go to war; farewell to the 90 Days' War; blockade and beachead - the Salt-Water War, 1861-1862; the River War in 1862; the sinews of war; Billy Yank's chickhominy blues; we must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued; carry me back to Old Virginny; John Bull's Virgina Reel; three rivers in winter, 1862-1863; fire in the rear; long remember - the summer of '63; Johnny Reb's Chattanooga Blues; when this cruel war is over; if it takes all summer; after four years of failure; we are going to be wiped off the Earth; South Carolina must be destroyed; we are all Americans. Epilogue: to the shoals of victory.