Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era

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Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2003.
019516895X, 9780195168952
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xix, 909 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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"Featuring a new Afterword by the author"--Page 4 of cover.
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"First issued as Oxford University Press paperback, 2003"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 870-887) and index.
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.
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Pulitzer Prize for History, 1989.
Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award, 1989.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

McPherson, J. M. (2003). Battle cry of freedom: the Civil War era . Oxford University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

McPherson, James M. 2003. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Oxford ; New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era Oxford ; New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era Oxford University Press, 2003.

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