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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

Abraham Lincoln and the second American Revolution    New York : Oxford University Press, 1990 James M. McPherson Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Hardcover. xiii, 173 p. ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-167) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

In James McPherson’s   account of the Civil War McPherson gave a scattered and generalized account of events, the political, social, and cultural forces at work during the Civil War era all from the union perspective. Now, in Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, he offers a series of  essays on aspects of Lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth and – without his intending it – show exactly how much the union triumph cost the nation.

McPherson examines the Civil War as a Second American Revolution, describing how the Republican Congress elected in 1860 passed an astonishing blitz of new laws (rivaling the first hundred days of the New Deal), and how the war not only destroyed the social structure of the old South, but radically altered the balance of power in America, ending 70 years of Southern power in the national government.

The Civil War was the single most transforming and defining experience in American history, and Abraham Lincoln remains an important figure in the pantheon of our mythology. These  essays offer fresh and unusual perspectives on both.


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