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The war that forged a nation : why the Civil War still matters

James M. McPherson

2015

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  • Title:
    The war that forged a nation : why the Civil War still matters
  • Author: James M. McPherson
  • Description: Why the Civil War Still Matters -- Mexico, California, and the Coming of the Civil War -- A Just War? -- Death and Destruction in the Civil War -- American Navies and British Neutrality During the Civil War -- The Rewards of Risk-Taking : Two Civil War Admirals -- How Did Freedom Come? -- Lincoln, Slavery, and Freedom -- A. Lincoln, Commander in Chief -- The Commander Who Would Not Fight : McClellan and Lincoln -- Lincoln's Legacy for Our Time -- War and Peace in the Post-Civil War South.
    "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 the Civil War remains so deeply embedded in our national psyche and identity. The drama and tragedy of the war, from its scope and size--an estimated death toll of 750,000, far more than the rest of the country's wars combined--to the nearly mythical individuals involved--Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson--help explain why the Civil War remains a topic of interest. But the legacy of the war extends far beyond historical interest or scholarly attention. Here, McPherson draws upon his work over the past fifty years to illuminate the war's continuing resonance across many dimensions of American life. Touching upon themes that include the war's causes and consequences; the naval war; slavery and its abolition; and Lincoln as commander in chief, McPherson ultimately proves the impossibility of understanding the issues of our own time unless we first understand their roots in the era of the Civil War. From racial inequality and conflict between the North and South to questions of state sovereignty or the role of government in social change--these issues, McPherson shows, are as salient and controversial today as they were in the 1860s. Thoughtful, provocative, and authoritative, The War that Forged a Nation looks anew at the reasons America's civil war has remained a subject of intense interest for the past century and a half, and affirms the enduring relevance of the conflict for America today"--
    "In The War That Forged a Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson considers why the Civil War remains so deeply and firmly embedded within our national consciousness. The drama and tragedy of the war, from its scope and size--an estimated death toll of 750,000, not including civilians--to the nearly mythical individuals involved--Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass, Clara Barton, Stonewall Jackson among them--help to explain why the war commands and indeed compels our attention. Through twelve essays, McPherson dissects this question, exploring the war's impact across many dimensions of American life. The essays consider variously the war's causes and consequences; the morality and cost of the war in comparative context; the naval war; slavery and its abolition; and Abraham Lincoln as emancipator, political leader, and commander in chief, among many other topics. Ultimately, McPherson illuminates the impossibility of understanding the issues of our own time unless we first understand their roots in the era of the Civil War: slavery and its abolition; the conflict between the North and South; the struggle between state sovereignty and the federal government; the role of government in social change-these issues, McPherson shows, are as salient and controversial today as they were in the 1860s. Thoughtful, provocative, and authoritative, The War That Forged a Nation looks anew at the reasons America's civil war has provoked intense interest for the past century and a half, and affirms the enduring relevance of the struggle that nearly destroyed this country and most certainly continues to define it."--
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  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press
  • Format: x, 219 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780199375776 (hardback);ISBN 0199375771 (hardback)
  • Subjects: American Civil War (1861-1865); War and society -- United States -- History; Social change -- United States -- History; National characteristics, American -- History; HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877); HISTORY / United States / General; HISTORY / United States / 19th Century; Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.); National characteristics, American; Psychological aspects; Social aspects; Social change; War and society; Sezessionskrieg; 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; United States; 1861 - 1865; History
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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