The Long Road to Antietam

The Long Road to Antietam

How the Civil War Became A Revolution

Book - 2012
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In the summer of 1862, after a year of protracted fighting, Abraham Lincoln decided on a radical change of strategy--one that abandoned hope for a compromise peace and committed the nation to all-out war. The centerpiece of that new strategy was the Emancipation Proclamation: an unprecedented use of federal power that would revolutionize Southern society. In The Long Road to Antietam, Richard Slotkin, a renowned cultural historian, reexamines the challenges that Lincoln encountered during that anguished summer 150 years ago. In an original and incisive study of character, Slotkin re-creates the showdown between Lincoln and General George McClellan, the "Young Napoleon" whose opposition to Lincoln included obsessive fantasies of dictatorship and a military coup. He brings to three-dimensional life their ruinous conflict, demonstrating how their political struggle provided Confederate General Robert E. Lee with his best opportunity to win the war, in the grand offensive that ended in September of 1862 at the bloody Battle of Antietam.

Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation,, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780871404114
Branch Call Number: 973.7336 SL
Characteristics: xxxii, 478 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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May 18, 2017

Slotkin's analysis of the political crisis engendered by the Lincoln-McClellan rivalry really added depth to my understanding of this battle, the US Civil War and and the tenor of the 1860s. Good read, highly recommended.

acurro Mar 10, 2013

FANTASTIC. Have read numerous books on Civil War.
Still learned new things with this book


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