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    Book Discussion on What They Fought For, 1861-65

    Mr. MacPherson discussed his book What They Fought For, 1861-1865, an examination of the people who fought in the U.S. Civil War. He wrote the book after years of teaching U.S.…

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    Three Days at Gettysburg, Part 1

    Historians Craig Symonds, James McPherson and Harold Holzer discuss the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The three-day battle fought in Pennsylvania from July 1 through July 3,…

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    James McPherson on His Writing Habits

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson was interviewed at his home and the office where he has written all of his books for the past 43 years. Professor McPherson discussed…

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    In Depth with James McPherson

    Professor McPherson talked about his life and his writings. He has taught history at Princeton since 1962, and his specialty is the American Civil War and Reconstruction. He is…

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    Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as Commanders-in-Chief

    This week on The Civil War, a discussion about Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as opposing commanders-in-chief. Historians Harold Holzer, James McPherson, and William Davis talk…

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    Book Discussion on Writing the Civil War

    The co-editors McPherson and Cooper moderated a panel discussion of their book, Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand, published by University of South Carolina Press. The…

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    Book Discussion on Hearts Touched by Fire

    Civil War historians Harold Holzer, James McPherson, and Stephen Sears recount the Battle of Antietam, which occurred in September 1862 in Sharpsburg, Maryland. The historians present…

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    Three Days at Gettysburg, Part 2

    John Marszalek and James McPherson spoke about the Battle of Gettysburg, focusing on the second and third days of the fighting. The three-day battle fought in Pennsylvania from July…

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    Person of the Year 1862, Part 2

    Each year, Time magazine selects a single person who had the most influence on events during the previous twelve months. If the same question had been posed in the year 1862, who would…

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    Book Discussion on War on the Waters

    Historian James McPherson talked about his book, War on the Water: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865, which presents a history of the use of naval forces by the Union and…

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    Book Discussion on Freedom National

    James Oakes talked about his book, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, in which he examines the efforts, ranging from the militaristic to the…

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    Lincoln and the West

    James McPherson spoke about President Abraham Lincoln’s connection to the West and his opposition to the expansion of slavery. He responded to questions from members of the…

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    150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam

    James McPherson, Civil War historian, and Edwin Bearss, former National Park Service chief historian, each talked about the Battle of Antietam. After the presentations the authors…

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    150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson, and others spoke at an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg…

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    Book Discussion on Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg

    Professor McPherson discussed his latest book, Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg, published by Crown Publishers. In the book, the author reenacts the Battle of Gettysburg for…

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    Biographies of Ulysses S. Grant

    The panelists discussed the life of Ulysses S. Grant. They answered questions about Grant from moderator James McPherson, himself a Civil War author, and then answered questions from…

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    Reaction to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation

    Panelists discussed the reaction to President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation such as New York’s response of ousting Republicans from statewide office, heightening the…

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    The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory

    Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. Several showed pictures during their presentations. After the presentations were given,…

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    Book Discussion on Oxford History of the United States Series

    A panel of authors who have written books for the Oxford University Press’s History of the United States series talked about the periods of history they cover in the series. They…

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    Book Discussion on Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam

    James McPherson talked about his book, Crossroads of Freedom. This book focused on the Battle of Antietam, which was not only the bloodiest battle in the U.S. Civil War, but in American…

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