Religion and the American Civil War / Edition 1

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The sixteen essays in this volume, all previously unpublished, address the little considered question of the role played by religion in the American Civil War. The authors show that religion, understood in its broadest context as a culture and community of faith, was found wherever the war was found. Comprising essays by such scholars as Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Drew Galpin Faust, Mark Noll, Reid Mitchell, Harry Stout, and Bertram Wyatt-Brown, and featuring an afterword by James McPherson, this collection marks the first step towards uncovering this crucial yet neglected aspect of American history.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The series of essays in this volume originated at a conference on Religion and the Civil War held at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1994. The conference premise was that, despite the major resurgence in interest in the Civil War in the last decade, surprisingly little attention has been devoted to the war as a religious experience. To remedy this, the conference assembled an impressive array of scholars such as Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Eugene and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Drew Gilpin Faust, and Randall Miller, a frequent reviewer for Library Journal, who were each asked to probe religion's role as well as the connections among religion, war, and society. Faust's essay "Without Pilot or Compass?: Elite Women and Religion in the Civil War South" covers new ground and clearly shows the major role religion played in the lives of women. Charles Reagan Wilson's "Religion and the American Civil War in Comparative Perspective" invites comparisons of the American Civil War with other civil wars. There is an insightful overview written by Phillip Shaw Paludan and an afterword by James M. McPherson. A thought-provoking if somewhat pricey collection; for academic libraries.--Charles C. Hay, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Archives, Richmond
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"...the essays offer many provocative new insights....the excellent essays in Religion and the American Civil War succeed brilliantly in the editors' goal of stimulating and deepening the study of religion during a critical era of American history."--Georgia Historical Quarterly

"...[an] excellent collection."--News and Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina

"...this one that should be given great consideration by anyone wishing to enrich his or her Civil War library. The essays contained within are well written, very well researched and documented, and contribute greatly to an underrated and misunderstood aspect of the Civil War."--The Civil War Library and Museum

"...religion and the American Civil War are two topics that relate to one another in fascinating and revelatory ways....Religion and the American Civil War stands as a welcomed addition to the study of American religious history and to the study of the Civil War."--Koinonia

"The essays...give voice to people who were not in charge but whose lives were nonetheless greatly impacted by the war. The resulting story is complex and multilayered and should stimulate the interest of a wide range of readers....All readership levels will benefit from this book."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195121292
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/5/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

St. Joseph's University

Yale University

University of Mississippi

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Religion and the American Civil War 21
2 The Bible and Slavery 43
3 Religion in the Collapse of the American Union 74
4 Church, Honor, and Secession 89
5 The Coming of the Lord: The Northern Protestant Clergy and the Civil War Crisis 110
6 "Wholesome Reading Purifies and Elevates the Man": The Religious Military Press in the Confederacy 131
7 "Yankee Faith" and Southern Redemption: White Southern Baptist Ministers, 1850-1890 167
8 Stonewall Jackson and the Providence of God 187
9 Lincoln's Sermon on the Mount: The Second Inaugural 208
10 Days of Judgment, Days of Wrath: The Civil War and the Religious Imagination of Women Writers 229
11 "Without Pilot or Compass": Elite Women and Religion in the Civil War South 250
12 Catholic Religion, Irish Ethnicity, and the Civil War 261
13 Christian Soldiers?: Perfecting the Confederacy 297
14 Civil War, Religion, and Communications: The Case of Richmond 313
15 Religion and the Results of the Civil War 360
16 Religion and the American Civil War in Comparative Perspective 385
Afterword 408
Index 413
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