Dr. James McPherson is one of the country’s premier historians, and one of its most respected and honored. The Lincoln scholar and Civil War scholar will give a public talk at UNCG Friday, Sept. 6, in the Jackson Library first floor Reading Room at 4 p.m.
His most recent book is “War on the Waters,” about the navies of the Civil War.
McPherson’s books have won several prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History (1989) for “Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era,” The Lincoln Prize (1998) for “For Cause and Comrade: Why Men Fought in the Civil War” and a second Lincoln Prize (2009) for “Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.” Other awards include appointment as Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000, the Pritzker Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2007, and ten honorary degrees from American colleges and universities.
From 1962 to his retirement in 2004 he taught at Princeton University, where he now holds the chair of George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus.
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