9780385476348

What They Fought For 1861-1865

by
  • ISBN13:

    9780385476348

  • ISBN10:

    0385476345

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1995-03-01
  • Publisher: Anchor

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
  • We Buy This Book Back!
    In-Store Credit: $0.53
    Check/Direct Deposit: $0.50
List Price: $15.00 Save up to $9.00
  • Rent Book $6.00
    Add to Cart Free Shipping

    TERM
    PRICE
    DUE

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Used and Rental copies of this book are not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.

Summary

InBattle Cry Of Freedom, James M. McPherson presented a fascinating, concise general history of the defining American conflict. WithWhat They Fought For, he focuses his considerable talents on what motivated the individual soldier to fight. In an exceptional and highly original Civil War analysis, McPherson draws on the letters and diaries of nearly one thousand Union and Confederate soldiers, giving voice to the very men who risked their lives in the conflict. His conclusion that most of them felt a keen sense of patriotic and ideological commitment counters the prevailing belief that Civil War soldiers had little or no idea of what they were lighting for. In their letters home and their diaries -- neither of which were subject to censorship -- these men were able to comment, in writing, on a wide variety of issues connected with their war experience. Their insights show how deeply felt and strongly held their convictions were and reveal far more careful thought on the ideological issues of the war than has previously been thought to be true. Living only eighty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Civil War soldiers felt the legacy and responsibility entrusted to them by the Founding Fathers to to preserve fragile democracy -- be it through secession or union -- as something worth dying for. InWhat They Fought For, McPherson takes individual voices and places them in the great and terrible choir of a country divided against itself. The result is both an impressive scholarly tour de force and a lively, highly accessible account of the sentiments of both Northern and Southern soldiers during the national trauma of the Civil War.

Author Biography

James M. McPherson is George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University. His other books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1989; Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction; and Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Preface xi(4)
Abbreviations xv
Introduction 1(8)
1 "The Holy Cause of Liberty and Independence"
9(18)
2 "The Best Government on God's Footstool"
27(20)
3 "The War Will Never End Until We End Slavery"
47(24)
Notes 71(16)
Index 87

Rewards Program

Write a Review