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James M. McPherson

Autor(a) de Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

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About the Author

James M. McPherson is the author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which won a Pulitzer Prize in history, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, a Lincoln Prize winner. He is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University in New Jersey, mostrar mais where he also lives. His newest book, entitled Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with a short, but detailed look at this president's life. (Bowker Author Biography) James M. McPherson, McPherson was born in 1936 and received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1963. He began teaching at Princeton University in the mid 1960's and is the author of several articles, reviews and essays on the Civil War, specifically focusing on the role of slaves in their own liberation and the activities of the abolitionists. His earliest work, "The Struggle for Equality," studied the activities of the Abolitionist movement following the Emancipation Proclamation. "Battle Cry of Freedom" won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989. "Drawn With the Sword" (1996) is a collection of essays, with one entitled "The War that Never Goes Away," that is introduced by a passage from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address on March 4, 1865 from which its title came: "Fondly do we hope - and fervently do we pray - that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, 'the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'" "From Limited to Total War: 1861-1865" shows the depth of the political and social transformation brought about during the Civil War. It told how the human cost of the Civil War exceeded that of any country during World War I and explains the background to Lincoln's announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1862. The book also recounts the exploits of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first black regiments organized in the Civil War, and their attack on Fort Wagner in July 1863. It pays tribute to Robert Gould Shaw, the white commanding officer of the regiment, who died in the attack and was buried in a mass grave with many of his men. Professor McPherson's writings are not just about the middle decades of the nineteenth century but are also about the last decades of the twentieth century. The political turmoil prior to the Civil War, the violence of the war, Lincoln's legacy and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson shed some light on contemporary events. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por James M. McPherson

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (1988) — Autor — 5,415 exemplares
Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (2002) 866 exemplares
To the Best of My Ability (2000) 435 exemplares
What They Fought For, 1861-1865 (1994) 320 exemplares
The Atlas of the Civil War (1994) 316 exemplares
Abraham Lincoln (2009) 277 exemplares
Images of the Civil War (1992) 118 exemplares
Writing the Civil War : The Quest to Understand (1998) — Editor — 116 exemplares
Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1 (2005) 63 exemplares
The Struggle for Equality (1964) 52 exemplares
The Abolitionist Legacy (1976) 38 exemplares
Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2 (1988) 15 exemplares
Civil War, 1860-1865. Volume 1 (2014) 2 exemplares
La guerra di Lincoln (2018) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Civil War: An Illustrated History (1990) — Contribuidor — 2,029 exemplares
Co. Aytch: A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War (1882) — Contribuidor — 866 exemplares
The American Heritage History of the Civil War (1960) — Introdução, algumas edições811 exemplares
Brother against Brother (1983) — Prefácio — 546 exemplares
Booknotes: Stories from American History (2001) — Contribuidor — 458 exemplares
Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War (2006) — Introdução, algumas edições298 exemplares
Lees Lieutenants (3 Volumes In One Abridged) : A Study in Command (1942) — Introdução, algumas edições145 exemplares
The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference (2002) — Introdução — 126 exemplares
Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World (2008) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of True War Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
The American Civil War: This Mighty Scourge of War (2001) — Prefácio — 76 exemplares
Towards a New Past: Dissenting Essays in American History (1968) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Antislavery Vanguard: New Essays on the Abolitionists (1965) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1990 (1990) — Author "Ulysses S. Grant's Final Victory" — 15 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1998 (1998) — Author "Antietam: The South's Missed Opportunity" — 15 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1991 (1991) — Author "How Lincoln Won the War With Metaphor" — 14 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1999 (1999) — Author "Failed Southern Strategies" — 11 exemplares
Andersonville: The Complete Original Screenplay (1996) — Introdução, algumas edições10 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2007 (2007) — Author "Any Measure Which May Best Subdue the Enemy" — 8 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2004 (2004) — Author "In Review: In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863" — 6 exemplares
Two Black Teachers During the Civil War (1970) — Introdução, algumas edições6 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Shelfby Foote v. Bruce Catton v. James McPherson em American Civil War (Julho 2017)


This collection of letters primarily between Lt. Lamson, his father, and his future wife give a first hand account of the American Civil War from the aspect of the oft neglected naval war. All of the correspondents are articulate and reveal the attitudes on the home front and the the action at sea and river ways on the east coast. Chasing blockade runners and bombarding land fortifications made Lamson so revered that the USN named several future ships after him.
varielle | May 18, 2024 |
After having managed, barely, to get halfway through James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, I put the book aside in wonder. And, unfortunately, I don’t mean that in a favorable way.
Neither eloquent nor impartial, lacking any new hypotheses and perspectives, this work falls abysmally short of what one should expect from a Pulitzer Prize winner.
A dry read that is laced with sanctimonious regurgitation of political agendas that were made with hindsight many decades after the Civil War. McPherson portrays – if he does at all - the characters of the era (leading men and lower ranks alike) like long dried-up gingerbread men and to add insult to injury the majority of such characters are related to the Union. There is also noticeable “cherry-picking” involved in his scheme. Clearly, in such instances when he writes about notables that fought for the South, he selects the most infamous ones, and then spends his mediocre literary talent expanding - even carefully trotting out their most damning character flaws and recorded actions - of which there were many.
A less than sophisticated writing style one can forgive but should not a writer of a serious work of any history abstain from such subterfuge?

Most readers don’t seem to care and neither does the association awarding the Pulitzer Prize. At least, they did not in 1989. Well, the reasons completely elude me.
This is even more puzzling as there are infinitely better works out there like Shelby Foote’s equally eloquent and exhaustive Narrative of the Civil War though offering a somewhat narrower perspective does include intriguing new perspectives. Also much more neutral in tone is Controversies and Commanders: Dispatches from the Army of the Potomac by Stephen Sears. I get it, the writer is an educated, smart man but in this here case - who wrote this here book then?
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nitrolpost | 75 outras críticas | Mar 19, 2024 |
This is a a haunting volume. The American Civil War was one of the first conflicts to not only be photographed but it seemed multitudes of artists were able to capture the era and the horrors that enveloped a young nation as it suffered some serious growing pains.
JHemlock | Mar 7, 2024 |
We'll begin our tour three miles northwest of the Gettysburg town square, at the intersection of Knoxlyn Road and U.S. Route 30, the historic Chambersburg Pike. Here, on the morning of July 1, were posted the outlying pickets of the Eighth Illinois Calvary. As the sun burned away the mist, they spotted a column of Confederate infantry marching toward them.
taurus27 | 12 outras críticas | Feb 7, 2024 |



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