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The Resource Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era, James M. McPherson

Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era, James M. McPherson

Label
Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era
Title
Battle cry of freedom
Title remainder
the Civil War era
Statement of responsibility
James M. McPherson
Title variation
Civil War era
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government." Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee his states' rights. McPherson merges the words of these men and other political luminaries, housewives, and soldiers from both armies with his own concise analysis of the war to create a story as compelling as any novel
Writing style
Award
Pulitzer Prize for History, 1989.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
154872
Cataloging source
OCO
Dewey number
973.73
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
  • E468
  • E470
LC item number
  • .M226 2003
  • .M46 2003
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1320
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the Civil War era
Label
Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era, James M. McPherson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "Featuring a new Afterword by the author"--P. [4] of cover
  • "First issued as Oxford University Press paperback, 2003"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 870-887) and index
Contents
Editor's introduction -- Prologue: From the Halls of Montezuma -- United States at midcentury -- Mexico will poison us -- Empire for slavery -- Slavery, rum, and Romanism -- Crime against Kansas -- Mudsills and greasy mechanics for A Lincoln -- Revolution of 1860 -- Counterrevolution of 1861 -- Facing both ways: the upper south's dilemma -- Amateurs go to war -- Farewell to the Ninety Days' War -- Blockade and beachhead: the Salt-water War, 1861-1862 -- River War in 1862 -- Sinews of war -- Billy Yank's chickahominy blues -- We must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued -- Carry me back to old Virginny -- John Bull's Virginia 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 -- Afterword -- Abbreviated titles -- Bibliographic note -- Index -- Illustrations appear following pages 332 and 684
Control code
4718050
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 909 p.
Isbn
9780195168952
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm53406234
  • (OCoLC)53406234
Label
Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era, James M. McPherson
Publication
Note
  • "Featuring a new Afterword by the author"--P. [4] of cover
  • "First issued as Oxford University Press paperback, 2003"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 870-887) and index
Contents
Editor's introduction -- Prologue: From the Halls of Montezuma -- United States at midcentury -- Mexico will poison us -- Empire for slavery -- Slavery, rum, and Romanism -- Crime against Kansas -- Mudsills and greasy mechanics for A Lincoln -- Revolution of 1860 -- Counterrevolution of 1861 -- Facing both ways: the upper south's dilemma -- Amateurs go to war -- Farewell to the Ninety Days' War -- Blockade and beachhead: the Salt-water War, 1861-1862 -- River War in 1862 -- Sinews of war -- Billy Yank's chickahominy blues -- We must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued -- Carry me back to old Virginny -- John Bull's Virginia 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 -- Afterword -- Abbreviated titles -- Bibliographic note -- Index -- Illustrations appear following pages 332 and 684
Control code
4718050
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 909 p.
Isbn
9780195168952
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm53406234
  • (OCoLC)53406234

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