Religion and the Antebellum Debate over Slavery / Edition 1by John McKivigan
Pub. Date: 11/28/1998
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
This anthology of original essays by historians explores the religious dimensions of the antebellum sectional conflict over slavery. Covering such familiar topics as the proslavery argument and denominational schisms, these essays emphasize the diversity that existed within regions, states, and denominations; the importance of local factors in shaping responses to the slavery controversy; and the powerful pulls toward moderation and unity that existed within the institutional church. Drawing on the recent flowering of scholarship on religion, the essays collected here provide a variety of new approaches, including quantitative methodologies and a heightened sensitivity to issues of race, class, and gender.
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- 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
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The editors have done an outstanding job in bringing together essays by top historians in the field to explore the ignored connection of religious thought and political use of that thought in the antebellum debate over slavery. Of particular interest are the essays by Robert P. Forbes and Laura Mitchell. These two essays by themselves deserve five stars.