"Shouting the battle cry of freedom": First Edition of James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom; Signed by Him
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era.
McPherson, James M.$400.00
Item Number: 4520
New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by James McPherson on the title page. Name on the front free endpaper, fine in a fine dust jacket.
The book's title "Battle Cry of Freedom" refers to the sentiments that informed both the Northern and Southern views of the conflict. The South seceded in the name of that freedom of self-determination and self-government for which their fathers had fought in 1776, while the North stood fast in defense of the Union founded by those fathers as the bulwark of American liberty. Eventually, the North had to grapple with the underlying cause of the war, slavery, and adopt a policy of emancipation as a second war aim. This "new birth of freedom," as Lincoln called it, constitutes the proudest legacy of America's bloodiest conflict. The standard one-volume history of the Civil War. Listed on Modern Library's 100 greatest non-fiction books of the twentieth century and by The National Review's 100 greatest books of the twentieth century.