Gospel of Disunion Religion and Separatism in the Antebellum South

ISBN-10: 0807846872

ISBN-13: 9780807846872

Edition: 1997

Authors: Mitchell Snay

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The centrality of religion in the life of the Old South, the strongly religious nature of the sectional controversy over slavery, and the close affinity between religion and antebellum American nationalism all point toward the need to explore the role of religion in the development of southern sectionalism. InGospel of DisunionMitchell Snay examines the various ways in which religion adapted to and influenced the development of a distinctive southern culture and politics before the Civil War, adding depth and form to the movement that culminated in secession. From the abolitionist crisis of 1835 through the formation of the Confederacy in 1861, Snay shows how religion worked as an active agent in translating the sectional conflict into a struggle of the highest moral significance. At the same time, the slavery controversy sectionalized southern religion, creating separate institutions and driving theology further toward orthodoxy. By establishing a biblical sanction for slavery, developing a slaveholding ethic for Christian masters, and demonstrating the viability of separation from the North through the denominational schisms of the 1830s and 1840s, religion reinforced central elements in southern political culture and contributed to a moral consensus that made secession possible.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/29/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Mitchell Snay is associate professor of history at Denison University.

Introduction: Religion and the Search for Southern Distinctiveness
Religion and Sectional Politics
The Abolitionist Crisis of 1835: The Issues Defined
Religion and Slavery
Slavery Defended: The Morality of Slavery and the Infidelity of Abolitionism
Slavery Sanctified: The Slaveholding Ethic and the Religious Mission to the Slaves
Religion and Separatism
Harbingers of Disunion: The Denominational Schisms
The Religious Logic of Secession
Religion and the Formation of a Southern Nationalism and the Coming of the Civil War
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