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									James M. McPhersonJames M. McPherson
Initially moved to study the history of the South as a way of understanding the civil rights movement, James M. McPherson has become the preeminent expert on the Civil War and Reconstruction. His award-winning work provides detail, context and a modern perspective on one of America's most important historical periods.

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Fact File

Name:
James M. McPherson
Current Home:
Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
October 11, 1936
Place of Birth:
Valley City, North Dakota
Education:
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) 1958; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1963
Awards:
Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Struggle for Equality, 1965; Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, 1989; Lincoln Prize for Cause and Comrades, 1998





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								Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, Author: 
								James M. McPherson.

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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
by James M. McPherson
McPherson's Pulitzer-winning history spans the entirety of the Civil War and illuminates the layered sociopolitical climate and key players that shaped this crucial period. It was immediately embraced as the best single volume written on the subject.
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								Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction, Author: 
								James M. McPherson.
*  The Struggle for Equality: Abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction (1964)
*  Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction (1982)
*  Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, Vol. 6 (1988)
*  For Cause & Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (1998)
*  Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (2002)
*  Fields of Fury (children's history) (2002)
*  This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (2007)

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A History for Children

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								Fields of Fury: The American Civil War, Author: 
								James M. McPherson.

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Fields of Fury: The American Civil War
by James M. McPherson
McPherson brings the war to life for young readers in this slim overview. He breaks the war down to a series of two-page spreads broken down by topic, moving from the war's causes, through its battles to its conclusion. Throughout, maps, striking photographs, illustrations and sidebars enliven the text.



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								This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War, Author: 
								James M. McPherson.

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This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War
by James M. McPherson
In his latest, McPherson, a leading Civil War historian, compiles essays and book reviews, bringing a critical intelligence to central questions concerning the war. The topics that McPherson covers range from the conflict's roots in slavery to the postwar Southern campaign to control how history is represented in textbooks.

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								Origins of the New South, 1877-1913, Author: 
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Origins of the New South, 1877-1913
by C. Vann Woodward
Woodward's seminal book is what drew McPherson to the subject he himself has enlarged for so many readers. He explained, "It opened a whole new way of looking at the history of the South and of race relations during a crucial period of transformation from slavery to segregated freedom."

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