Battle Cry of Freedom. The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson is a book that talks about
the history of America. The book was published by Oxford University Press in the year 2003.
The book has wonderful content that will teach readers about the political history of the
United States of America. An understanding of the history of the United States of America is
important because it shows the heritage of the country and the struggles that they have gone
through which is important in accepting the efforts that have been made by the
administrations of the country since time immemorial.
The book is filled with information and various interpretations that will help in puncturing the
old myths. A person who reads the book keenly and objectively will be able to challenge the
new myths that come up with regards to American History. The book is a good read for
anyone who has the intention of understanding the history of civil war in the world, including
the United States of America.
The fast-paced narrative by James McPherson is an integration of the political, social as well
as the military events that happened in America in two decades. The narrative starts from the
war outbreak that took place in Mexico to the ending of the war that took place at
Appomattox. The book narrates and explains how the participants took part in the events that
led to the war and the factors that caused it to occur. The explanations are so vivid in such a
way that the reader can create a picture of what happened in his or her head. Some of the key
events that preceded the war which is addressed in the book include the Dred Scott decision,
the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry among the others. The
author then recounts the war itself, addressing the events that took place, including the effects
that the war had on the personalities, the politics as well as the maneuvering on both sides.
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What is more interesting is the view that the author has with regards to the war and how he
lets it known to the readers. By reading the book and carrying out a thorough analysis, the
reader can understand the views that the author has with regards to war. The other notable
thing is the views that he had on some issues such as the issue of slavery expansion that was
rife in the 1850s, the causes of secession, the internal dissent, the origin of the republican
party the anti-war opposition in the North and the South as well as the reasons that led to the
victory of the union.
The title of the book is a reflection of the content in the book, and it is attractive enough to
attract readership. It comes from the sentiments that gave both the southern and the northern
views of the conflict. The south used the freedom of self-government and the freedom of
self-determination as a reason for the secession whole the North was very keen on defending
the union that was found by those who preceded them. The events took place in the year
1776. The difference between the North and the South led to slavery and war. After the
settlement of the first war, the second one ensued as a result of the conflict between the North
and the South. America’s bloodiest conflict, therefore, gave birth to the "new birth of
freedom," as Lincoln called it. It is one of the proudest legacies that comes up as a result of
the conflict that led to the death of many people in the United States of America.
The volume is important because it makes sense of the confusing "second American
Revolution" that is normally called the Civil War which is a war that led to the
transformation of the nation and the expansion of the heritage of liberty.
The book is designed for the university students as well as the other literate people that have
an interest in studying the history of America particularly those who are interested in the cost
of freedom that came after the civil war. The books are, therefore, a good read that provides
the information that is necessary for the people to understand what happened in history and
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appreciate it accordingly. The book may be used to understand the cause of civil war,
enabling the people to prevent the incidences from occurring in the future.
McPherson, J. M. (2003). The battle cry of freedom: The Civil War era. Oxford University