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James M. McPherson

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

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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, mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Prof. James M. McPherson (photo courtesy of Princeton University)


Obres de James M. McPherson

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (1988) — Autor — 5,363 exemplars
Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (2002) 861 exemplars
To the Best of My Ability (2000) 431 exemplars
The Atlas of the Civil War (1994) 316 exemplars
What They Fought For, 1861-1865 (1994) 313 exemplars
Abraham Lincoln (2009) 274 exemplars
Images of the Civil War (1992) 117 exemplars
Writing the Civil War : The Quest to Understand (1998) — Editor — 115 exemplars
Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1 (2005) 63 exemplars
The Struggle for Equality (1964) 52 exemplars
The Abolitionist Legacy (1976) 37 exemplars
Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2 (1988) 15 exemplars
Civil War, 1860-1865. Volume 1 (2014) 2 exemplars
La guerra di Lincoln (2018) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Civil War: An Illustrated History (1990) — Col·laborador — 2,003 exemplars
Co. Aytch: A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War (1882) — Col·laborador — 851 exemplars
The American Heritage History of the Civil War (1960) — Introducció, algunes edicions807 exemplars
Brother against Brother (1983) — Pròleg — 538 exemplars
Booknotes: Stories from American History (2001) — Col·laborador — 457 exemplars
Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War (2006) — Introducció, algunes edicions295 exemplars
Lees Lieutenants (3 Volumes In One Abridged) : A Study in Command (1942) — Introducció, algunes edicions142 exemplars
The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference (2002) — Introducció — 121 exemplars
Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World (2008) — Col·laborador — 115 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of True War Stories (1992) — Col·laborador — 87 exemplars
The American Civil War: This Mighty Scourge of War (2001) — Pròleg — 73 exemplars
Towards a New Past: Dissenting Essays in American History (1968) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
The Antislavery Vanguard: New Essays on the Abolitionists (1965) — Col·laborador — 46 exemplars
Inside the Confederate nation : essays in honor of Emory M. Thomas (2005) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1990 (1990) — Author "Ulysses S. Grant's Final Victory" — 14 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1991 (1991) — Author "How Lincoln Won the War With Metaphor" — 14 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1998 (1998) — Author "Antietam: The South's Missed Opportunity" — 14 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1999 (1999) — Author "Failed Southern Strategies" — 11 exemplars
Andersonville: The Complete Original Screenplay (1996) — Introducció, algunes edicions10 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2007 (2007) — Author "Any Measure Which May Best Subdue the Enemy" — 7 exemplars
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 exemplars
Two Black Teachers During the Civil War (1970) — Introducció, algunes edicions6 exemplars


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Shelfby Foote v. Bruce Catton v. James McPherson a American Civil War (juliol 2017)


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 | Hi ha 75 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 12 ressenyes més | Feb 7, 2024 |
(2008)Very good concentration by McPherson on Lincoln's hands on management of the Civil War. His struggle to find a competent and collaborative General in Chief of the Army persisted all through the war until he finally puts Grant in that position. PW-Without Lincoln not only would we have not survived as a country, but the war would not have kept on track and finally won by the Union.Given the importance of Lincoln's role as commander-in-chief to the nation's very survival, says McPherson, this role has been underexamined. McPherson (Battle Cry of Freedom), the doyen of Civil War historians, offers firm evidence of Lincoln's military effectiveness in this typically well-reasoned, well-presented analysis. Lincoln exercised the right to take any necessary measures to preserve the union and majority rule, including violating longstanding civil liberties (though McPherson considers the infringements milder than those adopted by later presidents). As McPherson shows, Lincoln understood the synergy of political and military decision-making; the Emancipation Proclamation, for instance, harmonized the principles of union and freedom with a strategy of attacking the crucial Confederate resource of slave labor. Lincoln's commitment to linking policy and strategy made him the most hands-on American commander-in-chief; he oversaw strategy and offered operational advice, much of it shrewd and perceptive. Lincoln may have been an amateur of war, but McPherson successfully establishes him as America's greatest war leader.… (més)
derailer | Hi ha 19 ressenyes més | Jan 25, 2024 |



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