Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Book Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Author / Director
James M. McPherson
Publish / Release Date
Feb 25, 1988
Narrative Form
  1. Non-Fiction
Publisher / Studio
Oxford University Press
Awards & Achievements
★ 1989 Pulitzer Prize Winner in History
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Battle Cry of Freedom:
The Civil War Era


by James M. McPherson


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...
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ISBN-13
978-0195038637

Latest reviews

"Battle Cry" is a Pulitzer winner and generally regarded as the best one-volume treatment of the Civil War. I'd say this praise is well deserved. In addition to an overview of the war itself, McPherson delves into the many problems in the 1850s that lead up to the war and other important events from the 1850-65 period that get overshadowed by the war. The navy, emancipation, Republican policies, and the role of women are all touched upon. There are definitely some minor points that could be nitpicked and some of the summaries border on oversimplification, but there is ALOT to cram into a single volume and McPherson is a very good writer.

Lives up to the hype; highest recommendation.

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