Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era.pdf

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Now featuring a new Afterword by the author, this handy paperback edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom is without question the definitive one-volume history of the Civil War.James McPhersons 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 including the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Browns raid on Harpers Ferry. From there it moves into a masterful chronicle of the waritself-the battles, the strategic maneuvering by each side, the politics, and the personalities. Particularly notable are McPhersons 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 oppositionin the North and the South, and the reasons for the Unions victory.The books 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 Americas 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.



ISBN 9780195168952
AUTOR James M. McPherson
DATEINAME Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era.pdf

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