Re: McClellan has the 'fasts'
- May I post this in the group Recommended ACW Reading? This is an
ACW group on books and authors.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Clemens"
> Due to some extrememly long plane rides I had a chance to finishit last
> week. Some background for you: Rafuse was a student of Harsh atGMU,
> and took his BA and Masters under him. Knowing Joe very well, andhis
> views, Rafuse is very consistent with Harsh's. Rafuse went toUniv. of
> Missouri, KC, where he studied under Herman Hattaway, who alsotakes a
> somewhat positive view of McClellan. This book was his doctoralseen.
> dissertation. I think it is the most balanced view I have ever
> Rafuse does criticize McClellan at times, when & where he deservesit,
> but does not give in to "psychological profiling" to explaineverything,
> but looks att he circumstances, situations, etc. His take onthings is
> similar to Masrzalek's view of Halleck. Ironic, isn't it?
> Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
> Professor of History
> Hagerstown Community College
> >>> recker@v... 07/09/05 5:34 PM >>>
- OK. Thanks.
From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Thomas Clemens
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:35 PM
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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