The War That Forged a Nation.

By: McPherson, James MMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (232 p.)ISBN: 9780199375783Subject(s): National characteristics, American -- History | Social change -- United States -- History | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Psychological aspects | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | War and society -- United States -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still MattersDDC classification: 973.7 | 973.71 LOC classification: E468.9 .M19 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
COVER; THE WAR THAT FORGED A NATION: WHY THE CIVIL WAR STILL MATTERS; COPYRIGHT; CONTENTS; PREFACE; PROVENANCE OF THE CONTENTS; CHAPTER 1: Why the Civil War Still Matters; CHAPTER 2: Mexico, California, and the Coming of the Civil War; CHAPTER 3: A Just War?; CHAPTER 4: Death and Destruction in the Civil War; CHAPTER 5: American Navies and British Neutrality During the Civil War; CHAPTER 6: The Rewards of Risk-Taking: Two Civil War Admirals; CHAPTER 7: How Did Freedom Come?; CHAPTER 8: Lincoln, Slavery, and Freedom; CHAPTER 9: A. Lincoln, Commander in Chief
CHAPTER 10: The Commander Who Would Not Fight: McClellan and LincolnCHAPTER 11: Lincoln's Legacy for Our Time; CHAPTER 12: War and Peace in the Post-Civil War South; NOTES; chapter 1; chapter 2; chapter 3; chapter 4; chapter 5; chapter 6; chapter 7; chapter 8; chapter 9; chapter 10; chapter 11; chapter 12; INDEX
Summary: More than 140 years ago, Mark Twain observed that the Civil War had ""uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations."" In fact, five generations have passed, and Americans are still trying to measure the influence of the immense fratricidal conflict that nearly tore the nation apart. In The War that Forged a Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson considers why
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COVER; THE WAR THAT FORGED A NATION: WHY THE CIVIL WAR STILL MATTERS; COPYRIGHT; CONTENTS; PREFACE; PROVENANCE OF THE CONTENTS; CHAPTER 1: Why the Civil War Still Matters; CHAPTER 2: Mexico, California, and the Coming of the Civil War; CHAPTER 3: A Just War?; CHAPTER 4: Death and Destruction in the Civil War; CHAPTER 5: American Navies and British Neutrality During the Civil War; CHAPTER 6: The Rewards of Risk-Taking: Two Civil War Admirals; CHAPTER 7: How Did Freedom Come?; CHAPTER 8: Lincoln, Slavery, and Freedom; CHAPTER 9: A. Lincoln, Commander in Chief

CHAPTER 10: The Commander Who Would Not Fight: McClellan and LincolnCHAPTER 11: Lincoln's Legacy for Our Time; CHAPTER 12: War and Peace in the Post-Civil War South; NOTES; chapter 1; chapter 2; chapter 3; chapter 4; chapter 5; chapter 6; chapter 7; chapter 8; chapter 9; chapter 10; chapter 11; chapter 12; INDEX

More than 140 years ago, Mark Twain observed that the Civil War had ""uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations."" In fact, five generations have passed, and Americans are still trying to measure the influence of the immense fratricidal conflict that nearly tore the nation apart. In The War that Forged a Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson considers why

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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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