The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom : The Civil War Era: The Civil War Era

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Oxford University Press, USA, Nov 6, 2003 - History - 800 pages
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Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for History and a New York Times Bestseller, Battle Cry of Freedom is universally recognized as the definitive account of the Civil War. It was hailed in The New York Times as "historical writing of the highest order." The Washington Post called it "the finest single volume on the war and its background." And The Los Angeles Times wrote that "of the 50,000 books written on the Civil War, it is the finest compression of that national paroxysm ever fitted between two covers." Now available in a splendid new edition is The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom. Boasting some seven hundred pictures, including a hundred and fifty color images and twenty-four full-color maps, here is the ultimate gift book for everyone interested in American history. McPherson has selected all the illustrations, including rare contemporary photographs, period cartoons, etchings, woodcuts, and paintings, carefully choosing those that best illuminate the narrative. More important, he has written extensive captions (some 35,000 words in all, virtually a book in themselves), many of which offer genuinely new information and interpretations that significantly enhance the text. The text itself, streamlined by McPherson, remains a fast-paced narrative that brilliantly captures two decades of contentious American history, from the Mexican War to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. The reader will find a truly masterful chronicle of the war itself--the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities--as well as McPherson's thoughtful commentary 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. A must-have purchase for the legions of Civil War buffs, The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom is both a spectacularly beautiful volume and the definitive account of the most important conflict in our nation's history.
 

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Contents

From the Halls of Montezuma
3
The United States at Midcentury
7
Mexico Will Poison Us
41
An Empire for Slavery
65
Slavery Rum and Romanism
93
The Crime Against Kansas
113
Mudsills and Greasy Mechanics for A Lincoln
133
The Revolution of 1860
159
We Must Free the Slaves or Be Ourselves Subdued
419
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
435
John Bulls Virginia Reel
473
Three Rivers in Winter 18621863
491
Fire in the Rear
513
Long Remember The Summer of 63
539
Johnny Rebs Chattanooga Blues
581
When This Cruel War Is Over
605

The Counterrevolution of 1861
185
Facing Both Ways The Upper Souths Dilemma
219
Amateurs Go to War
249
Farewell to the Ninety Days War
277
Blockade and Beachhead The SaltWater War 18611862
303
The River War in 1862
325
The Sinews of War
363
Billy Yanks Chickahominy Blues
383
If It Takes All Summer
625
After Four Years of Failure
663
We Are Going to Be Wiped off the Earth
683
South Carolina Must Be Destroyed
711
We Are All Americans
731
To the Shoals of Victory
751
Index
761
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