Struggle for Equality : Abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction

By: McPherson, James MMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPrinceton Classics: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (874 p.)ISBN: 9781400852239Subject(s): Abolitionists | African Americans -- History -- 1863-1877 | Slaves -- Emancipation -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Struggle for Equality : Abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and ReconstructionDDC classification: 322.440973 LOC classification: E449 -- .M374 2014ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Contents; Preface to the Princeton Classics Edition; Preface; Key to Abbreviations; Introduction; I. The Election of 1860; II. Secession and the Coming of War; III. The Emancipation Issue: 1861; IV. Emancipation and Public Opinion: 1861-1862; V. The Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment; VI. The Negro: Innately Inferior or Equal?; VII. Freedmen's Education: 1861-1865; VIII. The Creation of the Freedmen's Bureau; IX. Men of Color, to Arms!; X. The Quest for Equal Rights in the North
XI. The Ballot and Land for the Freedmen: 1861-1865XII. The Reelection of Lincoln; XIII. Schism in the Ranks: 1864-1865; XIV. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction: 1865; XV. The Fourteenth Amendment and the Election of 1866; XVI. Military Reconstruction and Impeachment; XVII. Education and Confiscation: 1865-1870; XVIII. The Climax of the Crusade: the Fifteenth Amendment; Bibliographical Essay; Index
Summary: Originally published in 1964, <i>The Struggle for Equality</i> presents an incisive and vivid look at the abolitionist movement and the legal basis it provided to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson explores the role played by rights activists during and after the Civil War, and their evolution from despised fanatics into influential spokespersons for the radical wing of the Republican Party. Asserting that it was not the abolitionists who failed to instill principles of equality, but rather the American people who refused to follow their l
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Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Contents; Preface to the Princeton Classics Edition; Preface; Key to Abbreviations; Introduction; I. The Election of 1860; II. Secession and the Coming of War; III. The Emancipation Issue: 1861; IV. Emancipation and Public Opinion: 1861-1862; V. The Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment; VI. The Negro: Innately Inferior or Equal?; VII. Freedmen's Education: 1861-1865; VIII. The Creation of the Freedmen's Bureau; IX. Men of Color, to Arms!; X. The Quest for Equal Rights in the North

XI. The Ballot and Land for the Freedmen: 1861-1865XII. The Reelection of Lincoln; XIII. Schism in the Ranks: 1864-1865; XIV. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction: 1865; XV. The Fourteenth Amendment and the Election of 1866; XVI. Military Reconstruction and Impeachment; XVII. Education and Confiscation: 1865-1870; XVIII. The Climax of the Crusade: the Fifteenth Amendment; Bibliographical Essay; Index

Originally published in 1964, <i>The Struggle for Equality</i> presents an incisive and vivid look at the abolitionist movement and the legal basis it provided to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson explores the role played by rights activists during and after the Civil War, and their evolution from despised fanatics into influential spokespersons for the radical wing of the Republican Party. Asserting that it was not the abolitionists who failed to instill principles of equality, but rather the American people who refused to follow their l

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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, 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)

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