Abraham Lincoln And The Second American Revolution

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Book Review: MacPherson, James, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution “Abraham Lincoln and The Second American Revolution”, written by James M. McPherson, one of America’s historians. McPherson has also written,” Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era”, “Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief”, “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” and many other history related books. “Abraham Lincoln and The Second American Revolution” consists of seven essays throughout on important themes in American history and unusual standpoints on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. James MacPherson’s focuses on the main topic which is the drastic changes the Civil War caused in America’s perception of freedom. Before the war took place, liberty was thought of as the limitation of the government from dictating over the state; after the war, the definition of liberty became the expansion of opportunity for all and giving the people more power. According to MacPherson, Lincoln’s solid resolutions, the ability to communicate and the fact that he wanted to abolish slavery as well as restore the Union was why the United States became a success and the promise of the first American Revolution was achieved. James MacPherson used several resources in his writing “Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution”, he took information from several different historians to make this book full of knowledge, and while using the information of several different historians he uses it in
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