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 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 this book vividly recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War including the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. From there it moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself - the battles, strategic maneuvering by each side, politics and personalities. Particularly notable are McPherson's new views on matters such 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 reflected Northern and Southern views of the conflict. The South seceded in the name of freedom, self-determination and self-government for which their fathers had fought in 1776. 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.
About the Author James M. McPherson is Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War.
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