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 Posted: Tue Dec 18th, 2007 01:07 am
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I am moving the McPherson discussion back to this thread, where it belongs.

Keep in mind the pullquote I used from the N&S story came near the end of his essay and I took it out of context because of the ironically timely sentence 'The American Civil War would not have occurred without the existence of slavery,' which seemed to fit the slavery thread to a T.

While some things may be obvious to some people, a good writer can't take for granted that something will be obvious to all readers. You may not ever agree with McPherson, but I'm pretty sure you don't want to imply a prolific Pulitzer Prize winning professor emeritus of history from Princeton University is a dolt.

Catton was good in his day, but Civil War scholarship, like all history, moves on. Catton is dated, now by nearly 50 years. Not saying you still can't learn from him. Others now bear the mantle. To me, McPherson is one of them, still writing, still researching, still provocative.

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