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by James M. McPherson,Bruce Catton

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I was lucky in choosing this lavish volume to do so.

The following is a list of the published works of James M. McPherson, an American Civil War historian. The Struggle for Equality: Abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1964 (1st e. ; 1995 (2nd e. with a new preface by the author). The Negro's Civil War: How American Negroes Felt and Acted During the War for the Union. New York: Pantheon Books, 1965.

American Heritage History of the Civil Wa.

American Heritage History of the Civil War. by Bruce Catton and James M. Introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson, the book vividly traces the epic struggle between the Blue and Gray, from the early division between the North and South to the final surrender of Confederate troops.

Introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. I read this book in . hours over two days, it was that good. A very balanced overview of the war, I thought, of necessity it didn't dwell on battle details unless they were vital.

Bruce Catton, James M. Bruce Catton died in his summer home at Frankfort, Michigan. Books by Bruce Catton.

Catton, Bruce, 1899-1978; Ketchum, Richard . 1922- e. New York : American Heritage Pub. Co. ; book trade distribution by Doubleday. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. 1922- ed. Publication date.

The American Heritage New History of the Civil War. by Bruce Catton · James M. McPherson

The American Heritage New History of the Civil War.

Reprint of the 1960 edition of an attractively formatted and extensively illustrated story of the Civil War. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Catton's narrative and 800-plus images ranging from photographs, sketches by soldiers at the front, to famous paintings by Winslow Homer, reveal the scope and drama of the war. The volume also contains three-dimensional maps of battles and campaigns, the words of men and women who actually witnessed the events, and documents written by Abraham Lincoln. Includes an introduction by editor James McPherson (American history, Princeton U.). Oversize: 9.75x11.25. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The American Heritage History Of The 1920s & 1930's is a great book that I recommend for anyone desiring a detailed history of the era. Plenty of pictures, news articles, 13 short biographies, excerpts from radio broadcasts and mentions of previous eras.
HOWEVER, I must criticize the Amazon site's reviews. In many instances, the reviews are of books and movies that DON'T MATCH the product being offered. This is confusing and not at all helpful in getting an idea of the product.
With a pitiful knowledge of the Civil War based on various movies featuring the likes of Randolph Scott and Clark Gable, I was interested in reading an historical text about this defining American event. I was lucky in choosing this lavish volume to do so. With a lucid narrative by the late Bruce Catton as its centre, this Heritage volume has the added advantage of illuminating that text with art (Winslow Homer et al),photos,drawings, maps, cartoons, bills, newspapers, and illustrations of significant battles which are a model of their kind. Whilst the art tends to romanticise (cf the evocative NIGHT BIVOUAC OF THE SEVENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK AT ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, VIRGINIA by Sanford Robinson Gifford) the photos reveal the horror and pity of the event and are stunning in their power. Added to this are,from time to time, the words of poet Walt Whitman. Whilst some historical facts may appear confusing - on p286 the illustrated map tells us that Stonewall Jackson was "fatally wounded" by one of his own pickets; on p 282 Stonewall Jackson is "mortally wounded (2May), shot down by his own troops in the confused fighting"; and on p 289 (10 May) Stonewall Jackson dies of pneumonia, albeit, weakened by wounds. Be that as it may, many of the details provided by the works supplementing the central text are fascinating in allowing the reader to realise the effects of war on the the populace and the consequences this must have had on the psyche of generations to come.
Item: WOMEN of the South ran out of PINS and walked around with downcast eyes looking for PINS. Thorns were gathered and dried to use as PINS. Item: CONSCRIPTION: In the South conscription was well implemented, in the North it was a DISGRACE. If drafted, a man could get out of it for $300 or hire a substitute to take his place. The COLORED ORPHAN ASYLUM on FIFTH AVENUE was attacked and burnt because of conscription exempting blacks. Item: PRISON CAMPS: 55,000 soldiers died in the prison camps of the North and the South, the conditions of which rivalled Nazi Concentration camps, indeed may have been worse. Item: BATTLE OF CHATTANOOGA - an uphill "miracle" of courage by Union soldiers. The South lost the war not through want of courage and skill but because the war "wore it out". Not one mile of railroad was produced in the Confederacy during the war. The moral dimension of slavery may have been another factor but only in the latter half of the tragedy. Again, the Union navy played a pivotal role which I for one was completely unaware of. Reading this work has been an engrossing and revalatory experience for me.
When this first arrived, I thought it would be awkward to use because of its weight and overall size. It is not. I placed it on an end table next to my reading chair, rather than on the floor next to me. It's a beautiful dictionary, and I don't have to use a magnifying glass in order to read it. That makes it better than my Webster's dictionary.
In a time we now live when almost all things are digital, including books. The physical aspect of a book is being pushed aside for the most efficient digital version. It is true digital is more efficient, but the foundation and effect a physical book has on the mind is still by far the best approach to learning.
A good dictionary is more than looking up a word meaning. It can be an avenue of great learning and the building of one speech and oratorical abilities. This is one thing a typical search on the internet to find a word meaning cannot offer. Secondly, the reliability of a good physical dictionary is far dependable than that of most digital dictionaries. Searching for a word meaning on the web is faster but in most cases, the definition is laced with bias point of views.

Now looking at the many unique features of this dictionary, THE AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY. Other than words definition, the dictionary would make a good tool for learning improvement and even home schooling. At the beginning of each alphabet. There is a unique insight. The letter is presented in six different alphabets, namely, Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Medieval and Modern (English). On the top of these alphabets are the written illustration of how it is written in Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Medieval and of course English. The English letter is displayed in its capital letter form, in print, in small letter (lower case) and cursive. A form of writing most adults and grownups, no longer know how to write or read. This is important because most of our historical documents are written in cursive letters. Below all that is the historical account of the letter and how it came into being and its uses over the years.

Another feature is the integration of a lot of ILLUSTRATED PICTURES throughout the dictionary.
Then there is a separate entry called the BIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES, this includes pictures and biographical entries of individuals throughout history, from Andrew Jackson to Leonardo Da Vinci, Douglas MacArthur, Jesse Owens, Isaac Newton, Geronimo, Golda Meir, Billy Graham, Martin Luther King Jr, Mick Jagger, yep Mick Jagger. And many more.
Also following the biographical entries is the GEOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES, within this section are countries, cities, states and locations from around the world. This could be a great learning tool for children as well. There is also a page dedicated to the Bible (The Bible table and the Books of the Bible)

Over 1500+ of excellent thin-papers, the dictionary would make a good collection to any library and a personal study material
Blue hardcover with gold letterings and letter tab for easy navigation.
The American Heritage New History of the Civil War ebook
James M. McPherson,Bruce Catton
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