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Re: McClellan has the 'fasts'

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  • James2044
    May I post this in the group Recommended ACW Reading? This is an ACW group on books and authors. James2044 ... it last ... GMU, ... his ... Univ. of ... takes
    Message 1 of 90 , Jul 10, 2005
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      May I post this in the group Recommended ACW Reading? This is an
      ACW group on books and authors.

      James2044


      --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Clemens"
      <clemenst@h...> wrote:
      > Due to some extrememly long plane rides I had a chance to finish
      it last
      > week. Some background for you: Rafuse was a student of Harsh at
      GMU,
      > and took his BA and Masters under him. Knowing Joe very well, and
      his
      > views, Rafuse is very consistent with Harsh's. Rafuse went to
      Univ. of
      > Missouri, KC, where he studied under Herman Hattaway, who also
      takes a
      > somewhat positive view of McClellan. This book was his doctoral
      > dissertation. I think it is the most balanced view I have ever
      seen.
      > Rafuse does criticize McClellan at times, when & where he deserves
      it,
      > but does not give in to "psychological profiling" to explain
      everything,
      > but looks att he circumstances, situations, etc. His take on
      things is
      > similar to Masrzalek's view of Halleck. Ironic, isn't it?
      > Tom
      >
      > Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
      > Professor of History
      > Hagerstown Community College
      >
      >
      > >>> recker@v... 07/09/05 5:34 PM >>>
    • Jeff Beckner (PWC Magazine)
      OK. Thanks. ... From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Thomas Clemens Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:35 PM To:
      Message 90 of 90 , Jul 12, 2005
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        OK. Thanks.

        -----Original Message-----
        From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com]
        On Behalf Of Thomas Clemens
        Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:35 PM
        To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: RE: [TalkAntietam] McClellan has the 'fasts'

        I read the book too, and thought the mention of the K-N Act was
        tangental to the theme. Rafuse was discussing McClellan's shift from a
        tradtional Whig to a Douglas Democrat, and IIRC, Jim wanted a discussion
        of the inconsistency of that shift due to Douglas' sponsoring of the K-N
        Act. Rafuse does talk about it later, in the context of Lincoln, but it
        cannot be fairly said that Rafuse ignores or leaves it out. It just was
        not as emphasized as Jim thought it should be. Fair criticism, but not
        an indictment of the author.

        Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
        Professor of History
        Hagerstown Community College


        >>> jbeckner@... 07/12/05 10:53 AM >>>
        OK....are they dealt with in any detail? One of Jim's criticisms (he
        READ the book, you know) was that Rafuse didn't raise some questions on
        some topics that probably should have been raised.




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