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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War.
James McPherson's 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--and then moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself--the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities. Particularly notable are McPherson's 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 authoritative 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.

Editor's Introduction

Prologue

From the Halls of Montezuma

Chapter 1. The United States at Midcentury

Section I

Section II

Section III

Section IV

Chapter 2. Mexico Will Poison Us

Section I

Section II

Chapter 3. An Empire for Slavery

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 4. Slavery, Rum, and Romanism

Section I

Section II

Chapter 5. The Crime Against Kansas

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 6. Mudsills and Greasy Mechanics for A. Lincoln

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 7. The Revolution of 1860

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 8. The Counterrevolution of 1861

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 9. Facing Both Ways: The Upper South's Dilemma

Section I

Section II

Section III

Section IV

Section V

Chapter 10. Amateurs Go to War

Section I

Section II

Section III

Section IV

Section V

Chapter 11. Farewell to the Ninety Days' War

Section I

Section II

Section III

Section IV

Section V

Chapter 12. Blockade and Beachhead: The Salt-Water War, 1861–1862

Section I

Section II

Section III

Section IV

Chapter 13. The River War in 1862

Section I

Section II

Section III

Section IV

Chapter 14. The Sinews of War

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 15. Billy Yank's Chickahominy Blues

Section I

Section II

Section III

Section IV

Chapter 16. We Must Free the Slaves or Be Ourselves Subdued

Section I

Section II

Chapter 17. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny

Section I

Section I

Chapter 18. John Bull's Virginia Reel

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 19. Three Rivers in Winter, 1862–1863

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 20. Fire in the Rear

Section I

Section II

Chapter 21. Long Remember: The Summer of '63

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 22. Johnny Reb's Chattanooga Blues

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 23. When This Cruel War Is Over

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 24. If It Takes All Summer

Section I

Section II

Chapter 25. After Four Years of Failure

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 26. We Are Going To Be Wiped Off the Earth

Section I

Section II

Section III

Section IV

Chapter 27. South Carolina Must Be Destroyed

Section I

Section II

Section III

Chapter 28. We Are All Americans

Section I

Section II

Section III

Epilogue To the Shoals of Victory

Afterword

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