The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

by Richard Slotkin
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The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution by Richard Slotkin

A masterful account of the Civil War's turning point in the tradition of James McPherson's Crossroads of Freedom.
In the summer of 1862, after a year of protracted fighting, Abraham Lincoln decided on a radical change of strategy—one that abandoned hope for a compromise peace and committed the nation to all-out war. The centerpiece of that new strategy was the Emancipation Proclamation: an unprecedented use of federal power that would revolutionize Southern society. In The Long Road to Antietam, Richard Slotkin, a renowned cultural historian, reexamines the challenges that Lincoln encountered during that anguished summer 150 years ago. In an original and incisive study of character, Slotkin re-creates the showdown between Lincoln and General George McClellan, the “Young Napoleon” whose opposition to Lincoln included obsessive fantasies of dictatorship and a military coup. He brings to three-dimensional life their ruinous conflict, demonstrating how their political struggle provided Confederate General Robert E. Lee with his best opportunity to win the war, in the grand offensive that ended in September of 1862 at the bloody Battle of Antietam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871406651
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 416,340
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

The author of the award-winning American history trilogy Regeneration Through Violence, The Fatal Environment, and Gunfighter Nation, Richard Slotkin, an emeritus professor at Wesleyan University, won the Shaara Award for Civil War fiction for Abe. He lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

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The Long Road To Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
OlyDan More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read on the battle of Antietam and the surrounding political issues. Slotkin's writing style is very fluid and easy to follow. If you enjoy history that connects events in the past with the long-run of social change, you will enjoy this book. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is some new insight in "The Road to Antetum" like several Generals wanted General McClellan to over throw the goverment. Although McClellan had the opertunaty he never hsd the guts to do it. His men supported him and would have done what ever McClellan wanted them to do. True to form McClellan couldn't act on it, even with over whelming odds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book, very well researched, and a very good read.
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