Now in abraham lincoln and the second american revolution he offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on aspects of lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth mcpherson again displays his keen insight and sterling prose as he examines several critical themes in american history. As the title suggests the book has two intertwined subjects the idea of the war as a second american revolution and the role of lincoln in guiding its purpose and outcome was it really a kind of revolution or did it as many have argued change little or nothing mcpherson argues forcefully for the former. This work by james mcpherson is basically a series of essays dealing with the central point that in mcphersons view and that of others the us civil war was in fact a revolution and lincoln was. This study guide references the 1990 oxford university press edition of james m mcphersons abraham lincoln and the second american revolution the book is a collection of seven essays originally delivered as lectures all on the 16th president of the united states abraham lincoln and his role in the civil war 1861 1865. How lincoln transformed america books on abraham lincoln and on the civil war abound but few books explore their significance with the eloquence and erudition of professor mcphersons abraham lincoln and the second american revolution this book is a compilation of seven essays which discuss the transformations the civil war brought to the character of the united states and the
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