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Author Rable, George C

Title God's almost chosen peoples : a religious history of the American Civil War / George C. Rable

Publ Info Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, [2010]
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Descript 586 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Littlefield history of the Civil War era
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Crises of faith -- Reaping the whirlwind -- Holy war -- Fighting for God and country -- Temptations of the camp -- The shepherds and their sheep -- Christian soldiers -- The God of battles -- Carnage -- War's purpose -- The Lord's work -- Testing faith -- Declension -- Wrath -- Jubilo -- Armies of the Lord -- War comes to the churches -- Citizens, saints, and soldiers -- Thanksgiving and desperation -- The final decrees of providence
Note Throughout the Civil War, soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict saw the hand of God in the terrible events of the day, but the standard narratives of the period pay scant attention to religion. George C. Rable offers an account of how Americans of all political and religious persuasions used faith to interpret the course of the war. Examining a wide range of published and unpublished documents--including sermons, official statements from various churches, denominational papers and periodicals, and letters, diaries, and newspaper articles--Rable illuminates the role of religion during the Civil War, giving attention to often-neglected groups such as Mormons, Catholics, blacks, and people from the Trans-Mississippi region. The book underscores religion's presence in the everyday lives of Americans north and south struggling to understand the meaning of the conflict, from the tragedy of individual death to victory and defeat in battle and even the ultimate outcome of the war. Rable shows that themes of providence, sin, and judgment pervaded both public and private writings about the conflict.- Publisher
LC subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Religious aspects
United States -- Religion -- 19th century
ISBN 9780807834268 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807834262 (cloth : alk. paper)