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McPherson, James M.

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Works: 303 works in 906 publications in 2 languages and 69,530 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Tours  Guidebooks  Maps  Personal narratives  Miscellanea  Juvenile works  Pictorial works 
Roles: Originator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: E468, 973.7
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Publications about James M McPherson
Publications by James M McPherson
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Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era by James M McPherson( Book )
47 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and held by 5,778 libraries worldwide
Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, this 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. It then moves into a chronicle of the war itself, the battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities. Particularly notable are 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 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
Crossroads of freedom : Antietam by James M McPherson( Book )
13 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 3,297 libraries worldwide
In this book, prize winning author James M. McPherson tells the story of the battle of Antietam - the turning point of the whole Civil War, and the bloodiest day in American history. In a concise narrative, McPherson takes readers through the events leading up to Antietam, and through the savage fighting of the battle itself. The final chapters will discuss the aftermath of the battle and why it truly was a pivotal moment in American history
What they fought for 1861-1865 by James M McPherson( Book )
20 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 2,927 libraries worldwide
What McPherson learned from these writings was that liberty and republicanism formed the ideological core of the cause for which soldiers of both sides fought. Confederates and Unionists alike saw themselves as custodians of the legacy of 1776, and the Civil War as a test of whether they were worthy of the heritage of liberty bequeathed to them by the founding fathers
Ordeal by fire : the Civil War and Reconstruction by James M McPherson( Book )
29 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,766 libraries worldwide
The Civil War is the central event in the American historical consciousness. While the Revolution of 1776-1783 created the United States, the Civil War of 1861-1865 preserved this creation from destruction and determined, in large measure, what sort of nation it would be. The war settled two fundamental issues for the United States: whether it was to be a nation with a sovereign national government, or a dissoluble confederation of sovereign states; and whether this nation, born of a declaration that all men are created with an equal right to liberty, was to continue to exist as the largest slaveholding country in the world. The Constitution of 1789 had left these issues unresolved. By 1861 there was no way around them; one way or another, a solution had to be found. - Preface
Abraham Lincoln and the second American Revolution by James M McPherson( Book )
26 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 2,625 libraries worldwide
A series of essays on aspects of Lincoln as a military leader, the Civil War, and the changes in the South
For cause and comrades : why men fought in the Civil War by James M McPherson( Book )
15 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 2,547 libraries worldwide
Why did the conventional wisdom - that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war progresses - not hold true in the Civil War?. It is to this question - why did they fight - that James M. McPherson, America's preeminent Civil War historian, now turns his attention. He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, the soldiers of the Civil War remained powerfully convinced of the ideals for which they fought throughout the conflict. McPherson draws on more than 25,000 letters and nearly 250 private diaries from men on both sides. Civil War soldiers were among the most literate soldiers in history, and most of them wrote home frequently, as it was the only way for them to keep in touch with homes that many of them had left for the first time in their lives. Significantly, their letters were also uncensored by military authorities and are uniquely frank in their criticism and detailed in their reports of marches and battles, relations between officers and men, political debates, and morale. For Cause and Comrades lets these soldiers tell their own stories in their own words to create an account that is both deeply moving and far truer than most books on war
Tried by war : Abraham Lincoln as commander in chief by James M McPherson( Book )
11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 2,392 libraries worldwide
Evaluates Lincoln's talents as a commander in chief in spite of limited military experience, tracing the ways in which he worked with, or against, his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy and reshape the presidential role
This mighty scourge : perspectives on the Civil War by James M McPherson( Book )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 2,212 libraries worldwide
This book offers fresh insight into many of the most enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history. McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues such as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays--pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburg campaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. In that capacity, Lincoln invented the concept of presidential war powers that are again at the center of controversy today. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning for America and the world. Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War. It will be must reading for everyone interested in the war and American history
Why the Confederacy lost by G. S Boritt( Book )
13 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 2,191 libraries worldwide
Five major historians return to the battlefield to explain the South's defeat. Provocatively argued and engagingly written, this work rejects the notion that the Union victory was inevitable and shows the importance of the commanders, strategies, and victories at key moments
Drawn with the sword : reflections on the American Civil War by James M McPherson( Book )
19 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 2,189 libraries worldwide
And McPherson discusses often-ignored issues such as the development of the Civil War into a modern "total war" against both soldiers and civilians, and the international impact of the American Civil War in advancing the cause of republicanism and democracy in countries from Brazil and Cuba to France and England. Of special interest is the final essay, entitled "What's the Matter With History?", a trenchant critique of the field of history today, which McPherson describes here as "more and more about less and less." He writes that professional historians have abandoned narrative history written for the greater audience of educated general readers in favor of impenetrable tomes on minor historical details which serve only to edify other academics, thus leaving the historical education of the general public to films and television programs such as Glory and Ken Burns's PBS documentary The Civil War
The Negro's Civil War : how American Negroes felt and acted during the war for the Union by James M McPherson( Book )
13 editions published between 1965 and 1991 in English and held by 2,069 libraries worldwide
Uses excerpts from speeches, letters, articles, and official documents to point out the military and political contributions and the feelings of Afro-Americans during the Civil War
"To the best of my ability" : the American presidents by James M McPherson( Book )
18 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 2,044 libraries worldwide
An illustrated look at the forty-two men who have served as President of the United States describes the campaigns, elections, administration, events, and legacy of each of America's leaders, from Washington to Clinton
The struggle for equality; abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction by James M McPherson( Book )
31 editions published between 1964 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,884 libraries worldwide
The American heritage new history of the Civil War by Bruce Catton( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 1,812 libraries worldwide
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's unsurpassed narrative, evoking the sweep and drama of a nation at war, provides the basis for The American Heritage New History of the Civil War, which includes more than 800 important contemporary photographs and sketches and magnificent paintings. The Civil War's battles and campaigns are painstakingly illustrated in three-dimensional maps that guide the reader through the four years of the struggle. With illustrations that range from photographs by Mathew Brady and sketches by soldiers at the front, to famous paintings by Winslow Homer, the book boasts an extraordinary breadth of pictures and artifacts culled from across the nation. This richly textured tapestry is made complete by the words of men and women who actually witnessed the events. From the journal entry of a Confederate soldier departing for battle and the letter an African-American soldier scrawled on the back of his wife's letter to him, to some of the best-known documents written in the very hand of Abraham Lincoln, each page of this book allows the participants to speak for themselves
Tried by war Abraham Lincoln as commander in chief by James M McPherson( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,710 libraries worldwide
Evaluates Lincoln's talents as a commander in chief in spite of limited military experience, tracing the ways in which he worked with, or against, his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy and reshape the presidential role
Hallowed ground : a walk at Gettysburg by James M McPherson( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,652 libraries worldwide
"In a larger sense, we can not dedicate-we can not consecrate-we can not hallow-this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our power to add or detract."--President Abraham Lincoln. James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the finest Civil War historian in the world, walks us through the site of the bloodiest and perhaps most consequential battle ever fought by Americans. The events that occurred at Gettysburg are etched into our collective memory, as they served to change the course of the Civil War and with it the course of history. More than any other place in the United States, Gettysburg is indeed hallowed ground. It's no surprise that it is one of the nation's most visited sites (nearly two million annual visitors), attracting tourists, military buffs, and students of American history. McPherson, who has led countless tours of Gettysburg over the years, makes stops at Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Hill, and Little Round Top, among other key locations. He reflects on the meaning of the battle, describes the events of those terrible three days in July 1863, and places the struggle in the greater context of American and world history. Along the way, he intersperses stories of his own encounters with the place over several decades, as well as debunking several popular myths about the battle itself. What brought those 165,000 soldiers-75,000 Confederate, 90,000 Union-to Gettysburg? Why did they lock themselves in such a death grip across these once bucolic fields until 11,000 of them were killed or mortally wounded, another 29,000 were wounded and survived, and about 10,000 were "missing"-mostly captured? What was accomplished by all of this carnage? Join James M. McPherson on a walk across this hallowed ground as he be encompasses the depth of meaning and historical impact of a place that helped define the nation's character
The atlas of the Civil War ( Map )
9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,541 libraries worldwide
This atlas reconstructs the battles of America's bloodiest war with unparalleled clarity and precision. It charts all of the major campaigns and many of the smaller skirmishes of the Civil War.--[book cover]
Fields of fury : the American Civil War by James M McPherson( Book )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,523 libraries worldwide
Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War
The abolitionist legacy : from Reconstruction to the NAACP by James M McPherson( Book )
15 editions published between 1975 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,414 libraries worldwide
Abraham Lincoln by James M McPherson( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Catalan and held by 1,280 libraries worldwide
Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson provides an ideal short account of Lincoln--a compelling biography of a man of humble origins who preserved our nation during its greatest catastrophe and ended the scourge of slavery
 
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Mac Pherson, James M.
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MacPherson, James M., 1936-
MacPherson, James Munro 1936-
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Mc Pherson, James M. 1936-
Mc Pherson, James Munro
McPherson, James.
McPherson, James, 1936-
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McPherson, James Munro 1936-
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