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mobi á Reflections on the American Civil War ´ James M. McPherson Greater audience of educated general readers in favor of impenetrable tomes on minor historical details which serve only to edify other academics thus leaving the historical education of the general public to films and television programs such as Glory and Ken Burns's PBS documentary The Civil WarEach essay in Drawn With the Sword reveals McPherson's own profound knowledge of the Civil War and of the controversies among historians presenting all sides in clear and lucid prose and concluding with his own measured and elouent opinions Readers will rejoice that McPherson has once again proven by example that history can be both accurate and interesting informative and well written Mark Twain wrote that the Civil War wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations In Drawn With the Sword McPherson gracefully and brilliantly illuminates this momentous confli This doesn't really break new ground if you've read MacPherson's other works but it'll make a nice go to resource for dealing with rebel sympathizers instead of digging through Battle Cry of Freedom I can just point to the appropriate essay hereNot that it'll do any good; those who still cling to the notion that the Civil War was about state rights or economics are never going to pick up a book nor could they read one if they tried

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mobi Á doc Drawn with the Sword 9780195096798 Ç helpyouantib ☆ ➾ [Download] ➾ Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War By James M. McPherson ➳ – James M McPherson is acclaimed as one of the finest historians writing today and a preeminent comme James M McPherson is acclaimed as one of the finest historians writing today and a preeminent commentator on the Civil War Battle Cry of Freedom his Pulitzer Prize winning account of that conflict was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan in The New York Times called history writing of the highest order Now in Drawn With the Sword McPherson offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on some of the most enduring uestions of the Civil War written in the masterful prose that has become his trademarkFilled with fresh interpretations puncturing old myths and challenging new ones Drawn With the Sword explores such uestions as why the North won and why the South lost emphasizing the role of contingency in the Northern victory whether Southern or Northern aggression began the war and who really freed the slaves Abraham Lincoln or the slaves themselves McPherson offers memorable portraits of the great leaders who people the landscape James McPherson is one of the leading experts on the Civil War One of his major works Battle Cry of Freedom is a wonderful source on the many aspects of the Civil War some of which are not so often considered by other historians His examination of the common soldiers' letters is eye opening as to what the troops were thinking what motivated them and so onThis is an edited volume composed largely of essays published over time The author revised these to make the volume coherent and have the essays fit together better He notes that he is writing for three audiences simultaneously always something of a danger professional historians Civil War buffs and the general reader In my judgment he succeeds much better than one might have guessed The book is divided into several parts Part I explores the origins of the Civil War including the impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin Part II considers the war and American society including the evolution of the Civil War from a limited to a total war and the roles of race and class with respect to the war Part III considers why the north won and why the south lost Part IV considers Abraham Lincoln's place in the war and in American history Finally Chapter 15 the only chapter in Part V looks at the various audiences that McPherson is writing for with the provocative uestions serving as the chapter title What's the matter with history?A bit detail on some chapters illustrates his work Chapter 7 is The 'Glory' Story looking at the movie on the 54th Massachusetts an African American regiment formed in Boston and the environs The chapter first notes that the movie did pretty well in terms of historical accuracy and captured a mood He also notes the errors from minor to major On a minor side the attack against Fort Wagner by the 54th is in the wrong direction but that was because it was filmed on a location where they could not uite get that right On the significant side most of the troops were not former slaves as suggested by the movie Chapter 9 is entitled How the Confederacy almost won Interesting reflections here McPherson notes that the Union A team of commanders Grant Sheridan Sherman Thomas fought against the Confederate B team such as Braxton Bragg and John Bell Hood in the west and simply outclassed them In the east Lee outclassed the Union B team such as McClellan Burnside and Hooker Once some of the Union A team came east the Confederates lost their main advantageThis is an enjoyable book which speaks nicely to multiple audiences If you are a Civil war aficionado this book should interest you

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Drawn with the Sword Reflections on the American Civil WarOf the Civil War Ulysses S Grant struggling to write his memoirs with the same courage and determination that marked his successes on the battlefield; Robert E Lee a brilliant general and a true gentleman yet still a product of his time and place; and Abraham Lincoln the leader and orator whose mythical figure still looms large over our cultural landscape And McPherson discusses often ignored issues such as the development of the Civil War into a modern total war against both soldiers and civilians and the international impact of the American Civil War in advancing the cause of republicanism and democracy in countries from Brazil and Cuba to France and England Of special interest is the final essay entitled What's the Matter With History? a trenchant critiue of the field of history today which McPherson describes here as and about less and less He writes that professional historians have abandoned narrative history written for the James M McPherson is the author of the best selling Battle Cry of Freedom chronicling the history of the Civil War This is a wonderful collection of essays on the same subject These are organized under four headings with a final essay that I thought was worth the price of admission all by itself What's the Matter with History The problem actually isn't history according to him but the growing chasm between academic publications in history centered around very specialized uestions and written in the arcane language of the discipline and works for the educated public increasingly written by journalists rather than academic historians McPherson who is an academic historian describes how his success with Battle Cry undermined to a certain degree his academic credibilityHe begins the book with several essays on the origins of the Civil War including his take on southern exceptionalism the role of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and his counter to the claim that the war was one of northern aggressionPart Two focuses on the war and its wider impact on American society He explores our perpetual fascination with the Civil War why so many re enactors why so many books and why so much continual re hashing of the history from northern and southern perspectives He explores the Civil War as a case study in the transition from limited to total war and the issues of race and class including the story behind the movie Glory which he considers one of the best depictions of the reality of battle among Civil War moviesPart Three explores Why the North won looking at the arguments about why the Confederacy lost how they almost won and the generalships of Lee and Grant McPherson would come down on the side of the preponderance of northern military might combined with finally coming up with a group of Generals in Grant Sherman and Sheridan who would exploit that mightPart Four looks at Lincoln and in many ways defends Lincoln against scholarship that minimizes the role of Lincoln in Emancipation and the defense of the republicI'm reminded why I like McPherson he writes clearly and takes clear positions on historical uestions I'm sure he must have his detractors but one thing he does not do is hide his conclusions behind arcane language and highly nuanced argument May his tribe increase among academic historians