James M. McPherson
American historian
James M. McPherson
For the Civil War General of a similar name see James B. McPherson James M. McPherson is an American Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. He received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, his most famous book. He was the president of the American Historical Association in 2003, and is a member of the editorial board of Encyclopædia Britannica.
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Frito-Lay Creates Breathalyzer, Twitter Reacts Accordingly
Huffington Post - 21 days
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How Ta-Nehisi Coates Escaped: A Reading List
Huffington Post - over 1 year
  Sophia is a project to collect life lessons from fascinating people. Subscribe to get our updates directly via Facebook or email, or share your own wisdom. In a recent interview, The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates was asked how he managed to escape the fear and violence that he describes in his bestselling memoir "Between the World and Me." Coates highlighted his parents and their love of reading and writing: I had two tremendous parents who were above and beyond. They had a deep, deep commitment to children and just an incredible commitment to me. That's more than the traditional sense of making sure you do your homework. My parents believed in reading and believed in writing very much. And they didn't just believe in it in the classroom: I grew up in a household where there were books everywhere—books in the living room, books in the kitchen, books in the bathroom, books in bedrooms. The books were, for the most part, about African-Americans and about people of Africa ...
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M.W. Jacobs: A Challenge to African American Filmmakers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There are no great movies about one of the greatest crimes in our history: slavery. Last year's Django Unchained was just revenge porn with a blood bag ballet and especially disappointing right after Spielberg's magisterial Lincoln. Spielberg's Amistad is a muddled B movie with an A set piece brilliantly portraying the "middle passage," when slaves were transported across the Atlantic. But that half hour set piece is all we've got. And this is at a time when we have so many accomplished veteran African American filmmakers. I noticed this hole in the American film canon while working on my book, A History of the U.S. in 20 Movies: An All-Movie History Course (which incidentally is looking for a publisher). The absence of slavery in the film canon is especially disturbing when we consider the extraordinary success of the opposition. The Cult of the Confederacy has succeeded in making the sufferings of white Southern civilians the dominant theme of American films about the Civ ...
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Business lessons from Abraham Lincoln
Financial Post - about 4 years
The legacy of Abraham Lincoln hangs over every American president. To free a people, to preserve the Union, “to bind up the nation’s wounds”: Lincoln’s presidency, at a moment of great moral passion in the country’s history, is a study in high-calibre leadership. In this season of all things Lincoln, executives, entrepreneurs and other business types might consider dusting off their history books and taking a close look at what might be called the Lincoln school of management. Even before the movie came along, there was a certain cult of leadership surrounding the 16th president. Chief executives and lesser business lights have long sought inspiration from his life and work. But today, as President Barack Obama embarks on a new term and business leaders struggle to keep pace with a rapidly changing global economy, the lessons of Lincoln seem as fresh as ever. They demonstrate the importance of resilience, forbearance, emotional intelligence, thoughtful listening and the considerati ...
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Historian calls 'Lincoln' accurate portrayal
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Historian calls 'Lincoln' accurate portrayal Los Angeles Times Copyright 2012 Los Angeles Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 3:48 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 Historian calls 'Lincoln' accurate portrayal Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a historical biopic more concerned with depicting the 16th president's log-rolling politics than his log-splitting childhood. "There have been other movies about Lincoln," said James McPherson, a Lincoln biographer, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of "Battle Cry of Freedom," in a recent interview after seeing the film. McPherson, a professor emeritus at Princeton University, was one of many Civil War historians who met with Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner early on in the writing process to help provide background for the film. Ultimately Kushner used that book as a jumping-off point for the "L ...
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Is 'Lincoln' the real deal?
Chicago Times - about 4 years
'This comes closer to reality,' says Lincoln biographer James McPherson after seeing Steven Spielberg's biopic. McPherson and other historians helped Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner flesh out the man and his times. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a historical biopic more concerned with depicting the 16th president's logrolling politics than his log-splitting childhood.
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150 years later, Civil War Battle of Antietam prompts reflection on lives lost and freedom won
Fox News - over 4 years
Hundreds on Monday marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Antietam amid patriotic music and cannon fire, recalling the mind-boggling carnage and an ensuing Confederate retreat that Abraham Lincoln considered divine approval for abolishing slavery. Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation five days after the 1862 battle in Maryland, "a decision that transformed and redefined the purpose of the Civil War and ignited the modern Civil Rights movement," National Park Service Associate Director Stephanie Toothman said at the commemoration. More than 23,000 men were reported killed, wounded or missing in the dawn-to-dusk clash at Antietam, making the battle of Sept. 17, 1862, the bloodiest day of combat on U.S. soil. "Although Antietam battlefield witnessed the deadliest single day in American history, it resulted in a significant step forward in eliminating a system by which human beings had been held in bondage in ...
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Did pivotal battle that shaped US future hang on a thread of fate? Recalling the Lost Order
Fox News - over 4 years
From as far away as Minnesota, Colorado and Ohio they came, more than 30 members of the Bloss and Mitchell families who converged on the hallowed Civil War fighting grounds of rural Maryland. John McKnight Bloss, now 81, had just parked his RV at a campground when he tried to sum up what this gathering of his clan was about. He's been researching his namesake great-grandfather, who was wounded four times during Civil War battles, including the epic fight along meandering Antietam Creek 150 years ago — and he wanted the younger generation to "understand the sacrifices that were made." Robert Mitchell Menuet spoke proudly of Barton Mitchell, his ancestor who served alongside John Bloss in the 27th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and suffered a life-shortening wound at Antietam — one of the 23,000 casualties that made the battle on Sept. 17, 1862, the single bloodiest day in U.S. history. But something more particular drew the descendants to M ...
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Get Out: Weekend Planner, May 11-13
Mercer Island Patch - almost 5 years
MIHS Drama Department presents Thornton Wilder's Our Town: Join the MIHS Drama Department at the Performing Arts Center for its spring production of Our Town. There’s a little bit of something in this show for everyone, whether it’s young love, child/parent relationships, the trials and joys of marriage, regrets, loss of a loved one, or a celebration of everything we love and hold sacred. Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 at the door. Restoring the Goddess Within: A Mother's Day Workshop: A 2- hour celebration of women, for women and with women. •  Vinyasa  yoga to burn through toxins •  Restorative poses to release tensions •  Pranayama to fan the inner fire and practice Tapas •  Meditation to open us to the possibility of contentment, grace and fulfillment. Imagine a practice where women come together to sweat, breathe, pause, listen, offer, explore and restore.  Imagine women igniting their feminine spirit, tuning in to the inner sacred, read ...
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April programs at the N.C. Museum of History
Garner News - almost 5 years
April brings best-selling author Dr. James M. McPherson to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Widely known as a pre-eminent Civil War scholar, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for Bat...
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Library receives $3000 Civil War education grant - ASU Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The books include "March" by Geraldine Brooks and "Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam" by James McPherson. The third book is a collection of Civil War speeches, diaries, memoirs and short stories. According to the library's project director April Sheppard
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William Quantrill's legacy remains mixed 150 years after Civil War - Joplin Globe
Google News - over 5 years
James McPherson, dean of Civil War historians, has written that the warfare along the Kansas-Missouri border produced a degree of terrorism on both sides that was unmatched anywhere else during the Civil War. Quantrill and his riders were victims of
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Feds approve route for Duluth-Twin Cities high-speed rail - MinnPost.com
Google News - over 5 years
James McPherson of the AP writes: “Consumers are paying more for pasta after heavy spring rain and record flooding prevented planting on more than 1 million acres in one of the nation's best durum wheat-growing areas. North Dakota typically grows
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Golf: Green couple win Observer Trophy - Stirling Observer
Google News - over 5 years
James McPherson overcame a shaky start to post an excellent 68 and take the honours in class two. Iain Anderson and Stephen Wilkes finished a shot behind James, with the latter ruing a 6-6 finish. First place in class three was shared by Bill Perrie
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James M. McPherson
  • 2009
    Along with several other historians, McPherson signed a May 2009 petition asking U.S. President Barack Obama not to lay a wreath at the Confederate Monument Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
    More Details Hide Details The petition stated: Obama put the wreath on the monument anyway, winning the praise of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
    He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Currently, McPherson resides in Princeton, New Jersey. He is married to Patricia and they have one child.
    In 2009, he was the co-winner of the Lincoln Prize for Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.
    More Details Hide Details McPherson was named the 2000 Jefferson Lecturer in the humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In making the announcement of McPherson's selection, NEH Chairman William R. Ferris said: James M. McPherson has helped millions of Americans better understand the meaning and legacy of the American Civil War. By establishing the highest standards for scholarship and public education about the Civil War and by providing leadership in the movement to protect the nation's battlefields, he has made an exceptional contribution to historical awareness in America.
  • 2007
    In 2007, he was awarded the $100,000 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military history and was the first recipient of the prize.
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    McPherson published This Mighty Scourge in 2007, a series of essays about the American Civil War.
    More Details Hide Details One essay describes the huge difficulty of negotiation when regime change is a war aim on either side of a conflict. "For at least the past two centuries, nations have usually found it harder to end a war than to start one. Americans learned that bitter lesson in Vietnam, and apparently having forgotten it, we're forced to learn it all over again in Iraq." One of McPherson's examples is the American Civil War, in which both the Union and the Confederacy sought regime change. It took four years to end the war.
  • 2003
    McPherson was the president of the American Historical Association in 2003, and is a member of the editorial board of Encyclopædia Britannica.
    More Details Hide Details Born in Valley City, North Dakota, McPherson graduated from St. Peter High School, and he received his Bachelor of Arts at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota) in 1958 (from which he graduated magna cum laude), and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1963 where he studied under C. Vann Woodward. McPherson's works include The Struggle for Equality, awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Award in 1965.
  • 2002
    In 2002, he published both a scholarly book, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam 1862, and a history of the American Civil War for children, Fields of Fury.
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  • 1998
    And in 1998 another book, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, received the Lincoln Prize.
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  • 1993
    McPherson is known for his outspokenness on contemporary issues and for his activism, such as his work on behalf of the preservation of Civil War battlefields. As president in 1993-1994 of Protect Historic America, he lobbied against the construction of a Disney theme park near Manassas battlefield.
    More Details Hide Details He has also served on the boards of the Civil War Trust as well as the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, a predecessor to the Civil War Trust. From 1990 to 1993, he sat on the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission.
  • 1988
    In 1988, he published his Pulitzer-winning book, Battle Cry of Freedom.
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  • 1936
    Born on October 11, 1936.
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