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James M. McPherson

Full Name: James M. Mcpherson
Gender: Male
Hometown: Valley City, North Dakota
Born: 1936-10-11
Number of Works: 135
James M. McPherson (born October 11, 1936) is an American Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, his most famous book. He was the president of the American Historical Association in 2003, and is a member of the editorial board of Encyclopædia Britannica.

Born in Valley City, North Dakota, he graduated from St. Peter High School, and he received his Bachelor of Arts at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota) in 1958 (from which he graduated magna cum laude), and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1963. Currently he resides in Princeton, New Jersey, and is married with one child.

ISBN: 019516895X, 9780195168952
Keywords: era, war, civil, freedom, battle
Pages: 928
Published: 1988
  • Rating: 80%

The esteemed, Pulitzer Prize-Winning history of the Civil War that brings to vivid life, the generals, the presidents, the soldiers, politicians, Abolitionists, Southern fire-eaters, Northern barn-burners, Copperheads, and Know-Nothings. An instant classic, this is the single volume on the tragic war and its background that every historian?amateur or trained?will want to have on the shelf to read again and again.
ISBN: 1594201919, 9781594201912
Keywords: chief, commander, lincoln, abraham, war
Pages: 352
Published: 2008
  • Rating: 80%

James McPherson, a bestselling historian of the Civil War, illuminates how Lincoln worked with?and often against? his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy and create the role of commander in chief as we know it. Though Abraham Lincoln arrived at the White House with no previous military experience (apart from a couple of months spent soldiering in 1832), he quickly established himself as the greatest commander in chief in American history. James McPherson illuminates this often misunderstood and profoundly influential aspect of Lincoln?s legacy. In essence, Lincoln invented the idea of
ISBN: 0195124995, 9780195124996
Keywords: civil, war, fought, men, comrades, cause
Pages: 256
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 80%

General John A. Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield. Gazing at Bloody Lane where, in 1862, several Union assaults were brutally repulsed before they finally broke through, he marveled, "You couldn't get American soldiers today to make an attack like that." Why did those men risk certain death, over and over again, through countless bloody battles and four long, awful years ? Why did the conventional wisdom — that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war
ISBN: 0195173309, 9780195173307
Keywords: antietam, freedom, crossroads
Pages: 224
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

Few Americans know what happened on September 17, 1862, but, as shown persuasively in Crossroads of Freedom, it was one of the most crucial days in American history. On that day, the Union Army halted General Robert E. Lee's first Northern invasion at Antietam in Maryland. In the bloody encounter (casualties were nine times higher than on D-Day), the Union troops not only repulsed the Confederate forces; they doomed British and Northern Democrat plans to force a peace on Abraham Lincoln. Emboldened by the changing tide, the president issued the preliminary form of the Emancipation Proclamation
ISBN: 0195374525, 9780195374520
Keywords: life, presidential, lincoln, abraham
Pages: 79
Published: 2008
  • Rating: 80%

Best-selling author James M. McPherson follows the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from his early years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, to his highly successful law career, his marriage to Mary Todd, and his one term in Congress. We witness his leadership of the Republican anti-slavery movement, his famous debates with Stephen A. Douglas (a long acquaintance and former rival for the hand of Mary Todd), and his emergence as a candidate for president in 1860. Following Lincoln's election to the presidency, McPherson describes his masterful role as Commander in Chief during the Civil Wa
ISBN: 0385476345, 9780385476348
Keywords: fought
Pages: 112
Published: 1994
  • Rating: 80%

In Battle Cry Of Freedom,  James M. McPherson presented a fascinating, concise  general history of the defining American conflict.  With What They Fought For, he  focuses his considerable talents on what motivated  the individual soldier to fight. In an exceptional  and highly original Civil War analysis, McPherson  draws on the letters and diaries of nearly one  thousand Union and Confederate soldiers, giving voice  to the very men who risked their lives in the  conflict. His conclusion that mo
ISBN: 0195076060, 9780195076066
Keywords: revolution, american, second, lincoln, abraham
Pages: 192
Published: 1983
  • Rating: 80%

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989, bestselling author James McPherson offers s series of thoughtful and engaging essays on aspects of Lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth. McPherson looks closley at the President's role as Commander-in-Chief of the Union forces, showing how Lincoln forged a national military strategy for victory, and explores the importance of Lincoln's great rhetorical skills.