Religion and the American Civil War

Paperback | November 1, 1998

EditorRandall M. Miller, Harry S. Stout, Charles Reagan Wilson

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The sixteen essays in this volume, all previously unpublished, address the little considered question of the role played by religion in the American Civil War.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 wasfound. 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 Americanhistory.

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The sixteen essays in this volume, all previously unpublished, address the little considered question of the role played by religion in the American Civil War.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 wasfound. Comprising essays by such scholars a...

Randall M. Miller is at St. Joseph's University. Harry S. Stout is at Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 1.18 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195121292

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PrefaceRandall M. Miller, Harry S. Stout, Charles Reagan Wilson: IntroductionOverview1. Philip Shaw Paludan: Religion and the American Civil WarIdeas2. Mark A. Noll: The Bible and Slavery3. Eugene D. Genovese: Religion in the Collapse of the Union4. Bertram Wyatt-Brown: Church, Honor, and Secession5. George M. Fredrickson: The Coming of the Lord: The Northern Protestant Clergy and the Civil War Crisis6. Kurt O. Berends: "Wholesome Reading Purifies and Elevates the Man": The Religious Military Press in the Confederacy7. Paul Harvey: "Yankee Faith" and Southern Redemption: White Southern Baptist Ministers, 1850-18808. Daniel W. Stowell: Stonewall Jackson and the Providence of God9. Ronald C. White: Lincoln's Sermon on the Mount: The Second Inaugural10. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese: Days of Judgement, Days of Wrath: The Civil War and the Religious Imagination of Women Writers11. Drew Gilpin Faust: "Without Pilot or Compass": Elite Women and Religion in the Civil War South12. Randall M. Miller: Catholic Religion, Irish Ethnicity, and the Civil War13. Reid Mitchell: Christian Soldiers?: Perfecting the ConfederacyPlaces14. Harry S. Stout and Christopher Grasso: Civil War, Religion and Communications: Richmond as a Case Study15. Samual S. Hill: Religion and the Results of the Civil WarComparisons16. Charles Reagan Wilson: Religion and the American Civil War in Comparative PerspectiveJames M. McPherson: AfterwardContributorsIndex

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"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 thisbook."--Choice