Thought provoking . . . asks many of the right questions. (James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books)
Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil Warby Harry S. Stout
The Civil War was not only a war of armies but also a war of ideas, in which Union and Confederacy alike identified itself as a moral nation with God on its side. In this watershed book, Harry S. Stout measures the gap between those claims and the war’s actual/b>
A profound and timely examination of the moral underpinnings of the War Between the States
The Civil War was not only a war of armies but also a war of ideas, in which Union and Confederacy alike identified itself as a moral nation with God on its side. In this watershed book, Harry S. Stout measures the gap between those claims and the war’s actual conduct. Ranging from the home front to the trenches and drawing on a wealth of contemporary documents, Stout explores the lethal mix of propaganda and ideology that came to justify slaughter on and off the battlefield. At a time when our country is once again at war, Upon the Altar of the Nation is a deeply necessary book.
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Harry S. Stout is the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University and the author of The New England Soul. He has received an NEH Research Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, among other awards. Currently the editor of the twenty-seven volume series of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Professor Stout has coedited the seventeen-volume series Religion and American Life designed for public schools.
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I really liked the book. It is a sweeping review of the intellectual and physical tides that the civil war evolved from and swam in for four years of war. Very balanced. I particulary enjoyed the information on art and songs of the war. His epilogue is well put together. Some really good quotes to use with students as well. War is such a tragedy - even if wars can be good wars and accompish much like this one did.
Stout's analysis of the Civil War is nothing less than remarkable. He engages the reader in both analysis and assessment of the causality, morality, and justness of the Civil War. This book is an abolute must read. Don't let the length fool you, once I picked this book up I could not put it down. As a Grad student in History, this was possibly one of the best books I've read in years, comparable to James McPherson and other great historians. Stout has done a magnificent job!
This is the book all Civil War buffs have been waiting for. Simply captivating. You need to read it. Stout does a fabulous job of putting forth a new look at an old story.
Stout seems to think that an inability to keep casulty lists low was immoral and that leaders should have simply given up the fight because of this. He does little to explain why most leaders accepted high casulties and war on civilian morale in order to achieve their war goals. Numerous errors from the trivial to the most important. Only his examination of the clergy's view of the war his truly worth while.