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Published in 1988, “Battle Cry of Freedom” is a work by one of the most eminent scholars of the Civil War, James McPherson. The book with meticulous researches delivers the deep view on the American Civil War.
In the book, James McPherson summarizes and delivers all the important events occurred before the Civil War and lists all the events surrounding the war including the battles and the conflicts from military and political pressure. Moreover, the author comes along with new approaches to some issues, which brings the fresh air with a proper context about the Civil War.
James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. 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.
Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. Battle Cry of Freedom is number VI in The Oxford History of the United States.
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