Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution / Edition 1

Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution / Edition 1

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by James M. McPherson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195076060

ISBN-13: 9780195076066

Pub. Date: 06/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

James McPherson has emerged as one of America's finest historians. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times Book Review, called "history writing of the highest order." In that volume, McPherson gathered in the broad sweep of events, the political, social,

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James McPherson has emerged as one of America's finest historians. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times Book Review, called "history writing of the highest order." In that volume, McPherson gathered in the broad sweep of events, the political, social, and cultural forces at work during the Civil War era. Now, in Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, he offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on aspects of Lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth.

McPherson again displays his keen insight and sterling prose as he examines several critical themes in American history. He looks closely at the President's role as Commander-in-Chief of the Union forces, showing how Lincoln forged a national military strategy for victory. He explores the importance of Lincoln's great rhetorical skills, uncovering how—through parables and figurative language—he was uniquely able to communicate both the purpose of the war and a new meaning of liberty to the people of the North. In another section, McPherson examines the Civil War as a Second American Revolution, describing how the Republican Congress elected in 1860 passed an astonishing blitz of new laws (rivaling the first hundred days of the New Deal), and how the war not only destroyed the social structure of the old South, but radically altered the balance of power in America, ending 70 years of Southern power in the national government.

The Civil War was the single most transforming and defining experience in American history, and Abraham Lincoln remains the most important figure in the pantheon of our mythology. These graceful essays, written by one of America's leading historians, offer fresh and unusual perspectives on both.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195076066
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
153,196
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

The Second American Revolution
3(20)
Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution
23(20)
Lincoln and Liberty
43(22)
Lincoln and the Strategy of Unconditional Surrender
65(28)
How Lincoln Won the War with Metaphors
93(20)
The Hedgehog and the Foxes
113(18)
Liberty and Power in the Second American Revolution
131(22)
Notes 153(16)
Index 169

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