Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 by Charles WilsonBaptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 by Charles Wilson

Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920

byCharles Wilson

Paperback | October 1, 2009

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Southerners may have abandoned their dream of a political nation after Appomattox, but they preserved their cultural identity by blending Christian rhetoric and symbols with the rhetoric and imagery of Confederate tradition. Out of defeat emerged a civil religion that embodied the Lost Cause. As Charles Reagan Wilson writes in his new preface, "The Lost Cause version of the regional civil religion was a powerful expression, and recent scholarship affirms its continuing power in the minds of many white southerners."
CHARLES REAGAN WILSON is director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and a professor of history at the University of Mississippi. He is coeditor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and author of Baptized in Blood (Georgia).
Title:Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.7 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820334251

ISBN - 13:9780820334257

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Table of Contents


Preface to the 2009 Edition

The Lost Cause and the Civil Religion in Recent Historiography ix

Acknowledgments xxi


Origin and Overview 1

One. Sacred Southern Ceremonies
Ritual of the Lost Cause 18

Two. Crusading Christian Confederates
Religious Myth of the Lost Cause 37

Three. Abiding Children of Pride
Theology of the Lost Cause 58

Four. A Southern Jeremiad
Lost Cause Critique of the New South 79

Five. Morality and Mysticism
Race and the Lost Cause 100

Six. J. William Jones
Evangelist of the Lost Cause 119

Seven. Schooled in Tradition
A Lost Cause Education 139

Eight. A Harvest of Heroes
Reconciliation and Vindication 161

Notes 183

Bibliography 227

Index 251

Editorial Reviews

If the South cannot escape its history, perhaps it is because it does not want to. Wilson's magnificent book on the religion of the Lost Cause drives that point home forcefully. . . . He skillfully weaves together the strands of thought that produced the Lost Cause and shows that evangelical ministers had a large hand in the process.

- Theology Today