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Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
Good condition. Hard cover. Fine in fine dust jacket. Oxford History of the United States. Penguin in Association with Oxford University. Used - Very Good. Light to moderate shelf wear. Clean pages. Two volumes in blue leather with gilt decoration and titles. Rubbing to gilt decoration on front panel of vol. McPherson - Ballantine Publishing -, Brisk, lively, even at times tart..
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Soft Cover. Seller: Infospec Published: Condition: Good. New York: Oxford University Press. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. Fine in Fine dust jacket. First Edition; First Printing. New York: Oxford University Press, NO frays, rubs, scuffs, tears or sun. NO bumps, frays, rubs, scuffs or sunfade. NO remainder mark, NOT ex library or book club. First Edition. First Edition, First printing. Very Good. No markings or names. New York: Ballantine Books, Wraps, illus. Signed by the author. Vann Woodward. Comprehensive one-volume history of the Civil War era, covering military, political, and economic topics.
Seller: Ground Zero Books, Ltd. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Interspersed between the various battles of the war, McPherson covers specific side information such as conscription, medical needs, POW prisons, and data on retention and desertion of troops.
This is a great go-to book on all things related to the Civil War that I'm sure I'll reference many times. Sep 22, Richard rated it it was amazing. James McPherson has created a monumental work on the Civil War and its origins.
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I read it several years ago and recently re-read the first half, which concerns the United States at mid-nineteenth century and the many political and social issues working toward a collision course between the northern and southern states over the cause of slavery. McPherson is very possibly America's highest regarded Civil War author. This book won him the Pulitzer Prize. The first time I read this book, I was amazed at the complicated political alignments surrounding the slavery issue prior to I had been familiar with the basic history containing the major events, but McPherson presents the issues and factions of this time in much greater depth than the casual reader may have previously been exposed.
McPherson's premiss is that America was changing by in ways which would not only affect the dialogue on current events but would inevitably lead to the armed conflict which had been lurking in the background of political compromises for decades.
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Simply put, the nation experienced tremendous expansion between and , with its area quadrupling in that time. The issue of whether to allow slavery in new territories, and states, was settled with the fallback position of the Missouri Compromise of It allowed numerous states to enter the Union by agreeing to prohibit slavery in the former Louisiana Territories north of parallel , covering most of the Great Plains region, but allowing an exception in the case of Missouri it also allowed Arkansas to come in as a slave state. This band-aid compromise worked well for a time but became stretched to the breaking point by the war with Mexico.
The event most responsible for elevating the arguing about slavery to open hostilities was President James Polk's war for the purpose of grabbing territory from Mexico in The United States was militarily successful and forced Mexico to grant its earlier demands for the boundary of Texas, as well as ceding New Mexico and California to the U.
The latter territory became the center of a firestorm. Northern enemies of Polk tried to get a proviso passed in Congress banning slavery from any new territories, which caused southerners to counter with a proposal to allow citizens living in the territory to decide the issue. The Congressional debate centered around the admission of California to the Union was openly hostile. McPherson describes this time as the watershed for political alignment in America. Previously, the two main political parties differed mainly on banking, tariffs, and funding for internal improvements.
Now, the dividing line was sectional, between North and South.