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Selected Works of James M. McPherson

Books || Edited Works || Articles and Reviews || Interviews and Websites


Books:

The Struggle for Equality: Abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1964.

The Negro's Civil War: How American Negroes Felt and Acted during the War for the Union. New York: Pantheon Books, 1965.

The Struggle for Equality: Abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction; book cover
The Negro's Civil War: how American Negroes Felt and Acted During the War for the Union; book cover
Marching Toward Freedom: the Negro in the Civil War, 1861-1865; book cover

Marching toward Freedom: The Negro in the Civil War, 1861-1865. New York: Knopf, 1967.

The Abolitionist Legacy: From Reconstruction to the NAACP.  Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction. New York: Knopf, 1982.

The Abolitionist Legacy: from Reconstruction to the NAACP, book cover
Ordeal by Fire: the Civil War and Reconstruction, book cover

Lincoln and the Strategy of Unconditional Surrender. Gettysburg, Pa: Gettysburg College, 1984.

How Lincoln Won the War with Metaphors. Fort Wayne, Ind.: Louis A. Warren Lincoln Library and Museum, 1985.

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. (Winner, Pulitzer Prize in History, 1989.) Excerpts

Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Excerpt

The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era; book cover
What They Fought For, 1861-1865; book cover
Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War, book cover

What They Fought For, 1861-1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1994.

The Abolitionist Legacy: From Reconstruction to the NAACP. 2nd ed. with a new preface by the author. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1995.

Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Excerpt

For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. (Winner, Lincoln Prize, 1998)

For Cause and Comrades, book cover
Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, book cover
Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg, book cover

Is Blood Thicker Than Water? Crises of Nationalism in the Modern World. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1998.

Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Excerpt

The Boys in Blue and Gray. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.

The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg. New York: Crown Journeys, 2003. Excerpt

This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War; book cover
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief; book cover
Abraham Lincoln, book cover

This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. 

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.  New York: Penguin, 2008. (Co-Winner, Lincoln Prize, 2009)

Abraham Lincoln.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Excerpt


Selected Edited Works:

Blacks in America: Bibliographical Essays, by James M. McPherson and others. 1st ed. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1971.

Region, Race, and Reconstruction: Essays in Honor of C. Vann Woodward, edited by J. Morgan Kousser and James M. McPherson. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Battle Chronicles of the Civil War, James McPherson, editor; Richard Gottlieb, managing editor. 6 vols. New York: Macmillan Pub. Co.; London: Collier Macmillan Publishers, 1989.

American Political Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present, by Steven G. O'Brien; editor, Paula McGuire; consulting editors, James M. McPherson, Gary Gerstle. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1991.

We Cannot Escape History: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth; book cover
The Atlas of the Civil War; book cover

The Atlas of the Civil War, edited by James M. McPherson. New York: Macmillan, 1994.

"We Cannot Escape History": Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth, edited by James M. McPherson. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995.

The American Heritage New History of the Civil War, narrated by Bruce Catton; edited and with a new introduction by James McPherson. New York: Viking, 1996.

Encyclopedia of Civil War Biographies; book cover
The American Heritage New History of the Civil War; book cover
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant; book cover

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, by Ulysses S. Grant; with an introduction and notes by James M. McPherson. New York: Penguin Books, 1999.

Encyclopedia of Civil War Biographies, edited by James M. McPherson. 3 vols. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2000.


Selected Articles and Reviews:

“Antebellum Southern Exceptionalism: A New Look at an Old Question.” Civil War History 29 (1983), 230-244.

“The War of Southern Aggression.”  New York Review of Books, 19 January 1989.

“How the North Nearly Lost.” New York Review of Books, 12 October 1989.

“The ‘Glory Story’: The 54th Massachusetts and the Civil War.” New Republic, 8 and 15 January 1990, 22-27.

“Wartime.”  New York Review of Books, 12 April 1990.

“A War That Never Goes Away.” American Heritage 41 (1990), 41-49.

“Generals in Politics.” New York Review of Books, 28 March 1991.

“How Noble was Robert E. Lee?” New York Review of Books, 7 November 1991.

“The Art of Abraham Lincoln.” New York Review of Books, 16 July 1992.

“Liberating Lincoln.” New York Review of Books, 21 April 1994.

“The Whole Family Man: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope Abroad.” In Robert E. May, ed. The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 1995), 131-158.

“Götterdämmerung.”  New York Review of Books, 21 December 1995.

“The Heart of the Matter.” New York Review of Books, 23 October 1997.

“Lincoln’s Herndon.”  New York Review of Books, 26 March 1998.

“Was the Best Defense a Good Offense?”  In Gabor S. Boritt, ed. Jefferson Davis’s Generals (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

“The Unheroic Hero.”  New York Review of Books, 4 February 1999.

“Blitzkrieg in Georgia.” New York Review of Books, 30 November 2000.

“Southern Comfort.”  New York Review of Books, 12 April 2001.

“Could the South Have Won?” New York Review of Books, 13 June 2002.

“A Confederate Guerrilla.”  New York Review of Books, 27 February 2003.

“No Peace Without Victory, 1861-1865.” American Historical Review, February 2004.

“The Moses of Her People.”  New York Review of Books, 11 March 2004.

“The Greatest Republican.” New York Review of Books, 12 August 2004.

“Long-Legged Yankee Lies.” In Alice Fahs and Joan Waugh, eds. The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).

“Specimen Days.”  New York Review of Books, 16 December 2004.

“The Saratoga That Wasn’t.”  In Lesley J. Gordon and John C. Inscoe, eds. Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005).

“Days of Wrath.” New York Review of Books, 12 May 2005.

“Brahmins at War.” New York Review of Books, 6 October 2005.

“The Bloody Partnership.” New York Review of Books, 15 December 2005

“Was It a Just War?” New York Review of Books, 23 March 2006.

“The Great Betrayal.” New York Review of Books, 30 November 2006.

“What Did He Really Think About Race?” New York Review of Books, 29 March 2007.

“The Fight for Slavery in California.”  New York Review of Books, 11 October 2007.

“Was It More Restrained Than You Think?” New York Review of Books, 14 February 2008

“They Chose Freedom.” New York Review of Books, 20 March 2008

“Dark Victories.” New York Review of Books, 17 April 2008

“The Historian Who Saw Through America.” New York Review of Books, 4 December 2008, 45-47.

“War and Peace in the post-Civil War South.” In Williamson Murray and Jim Lacey, eds. The Making of Peace: Rulers, States, and the Aftermath of War (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009).


Interviews and Websites:

William R. Ferris, “Interview with McPherson.” Humanities Magazine, March-April, 2000.
http://www.neh.gov/whoweare/mcpherson/interview.html

Allen Barra, “The Civil War Today: An Interview with James McPherson.” American Heritage, March, 2007. 
http://www.americanheritage.com/people/articles/web/20070305-civil-war-historians-robert-e-lee-lincoln-antietam.shtml

Kim Nagy, “Keeping Time—An Interview with Historian James McPherson.”  Wild River Review, vol. 1, no. 3.3, November, 2007.  
http://www.wildriverreview.com/3/3-spotlight_mcpherson.php

“History Doyens: James M. McPherson.” History News Network. 
http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/21376.html

“Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief: A Conversation with James M. McPherson.”  October 27, 2008. Conversations with History, University of California at Berkeley, Institute of International Studies; series host Harry Kreisler. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnyWoq9qndU


Selections by Benjamin Stone, Curator for American and British History.
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