Perspectives

Session of the Week: James McPherson’s Battle Cry after a Quarter Century

In an effort to highlight the diverse range of scholarship at the upcoming annual meeting, we’re featuring different sessions on the blog each week.

Twenty-five years ago, American Civil War historian James McPherson published his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford University Press). McPherson’s text, now regarded as a standard read in university courses, integrates political, social, and military events to explain the causes and progression of the war. Praised for balancing narrative and analysis and attacked for challenging long-standing myths, Battle Cry’s influence on the historiography of the Civil War era is indisputable.