Battle Cry of Freedom

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Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox. Packed with drama and analytical insight, the book vividly recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil Warùthe Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferryùand then moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itselfùthe battles, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, and the personalities.

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