Over the next week, you should be reading the second and third essays in the McPherson book. “Tom on the Cross” provides insight into Harriet Beecher Stowe’s motivations and strategy in writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Pay special attention to McPherson’s analysis of why the book was so effective. The title of the following essay is a play on an older Southern name for the Civil War. In the essay, McPherson discusses the South’s “offensive-defensive” strategy in the growing sectional conflict. You may find this a helpful framework when we discuss the coming of the Civil War this fall.