America Against Itself

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era general editor

by James M. McPherson, The Oxford History of the United States, Vol. VI, C. Vann Woodward
Writing on James M. McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom during Easter week in 1988, one and a quarter centuries after the Civil War, one is struck by the contradiction between the war and the Christian tradition that almost all mid-nineteenth-century Americans, North and South, professed to embrace. This four-year war …