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Gospel of Disunion

Gospel of Disunion
Religion and Separatism in the Antebellum South


  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521431224

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  • Gospel of Disunion examines the ways in which religion influenced the development of a distinctive Southern culture and politics before the Civil War, translating the secessionist movement into a struggle of the highest moral significance. It explores such topics as the religious pro-slavery argument and the slaveholding ethic for Christian masters, the denominational schisms of the 1830s and 1840s that divided Southern Protestants along sectional lines, and the distinctive religious rationale for secession. This book is the first major attempt to explore fully the relationship between religion and the origins of Southern nationalism in all these manifestations.

    • The first major study of the relationship between religion and the origins of Southern nationalism
    • Will appeal to historians of the American South and to historians of religion
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521431224
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 158 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.523kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Religion and the search for Southern distinctiveness
    Part I. Religion and Sectional Politics:
    1. The abolitionist crisis of 1835: the issues defined
    Part II. Religion and Slavery:
    2. Slavery defended: the morality of slavery and the infidelity of abolitionism
    3. Slavery sanctified: the slaveholding ethic and the religious mission to the slaves
    Part III. Religion and Separatism:
    4. Harbingers of disunion: the denominational schisms, 5. The religious logic of secession
    6. Religion and the formation of a Southern nationalism and the coming of the Civil War.

  • Author

    Mitchell Snay, Denison University, Ohio

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