Battle Cry of Freedom, Vol. 1: The Civil War Era

By James M. McPherson
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19.95 Hours 02/25/1988 unabridged
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James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of US history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. 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 states’ rights. McPherson merges the words of these men and other political luminaries, as well as housewives and soldiers from both armies, with his own concise analysis of the war, creating a story as compelling as any novel. Battle Cry of Freedom vividly traces how a new nation was forged when a war both sides were sure would amount to little dragged on for four years and cost more American lives than all other wars combined.

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Summary

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Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for History

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of US history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict.

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 states’ rights. McPherson merges the words of these men and other political luminaries, as well as housewives and soldiers from both armies, with his own concise analysis of the war, creating a story as compelling as any novel.

Battle Cry of Freedom vividly traces how a new nation was forged when a war both sides were sure would amount to little dragged on for four years and cost more American lives than all other wars combined.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Historical writing of the highest order.” New York Times Book Review
“Likely to become the standard one-volume history of our Civil War, this vivifies, with palpable immediacy, scholarly acumen and interpretive skill, events foreshadowing the conflict, the war itself and its basic issue: slavery.” Publishers Weekly
“A beautifully organized, compelling narrative and prose whose occasional leap into modern ebullience should captive a new generation of Civil War readers.” Chicago Tribune
“This is an epic story told in epic style, written in clear, luminous prose…Zesty, meaty intellectual feast that will nourish and satisfy the reader.” Houston Post
“Exhaustively researched, written with skill and assurance…This book may not be superseded in our time.” Newsday

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Author Bio: James M. McPherson

James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis ‘86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. America’s leading historian of the Civil War, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, which was a New York Times bestseller, and the Lincoln Prize for For Cause and Comrades.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 19.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English