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God's almost chosen peoples : a religious history of the American Civil War

Author: George C Rable
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2010.
Series: Littlefield history of the Civil War era.
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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. Now, in God's Almost Chosen Peoples, Lincoln Prize-winning historian George C. Rable offers a groundbreaking account of how Americans of all political and religious persuasions used faith to interpret the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George C Rable
ISBN: 9780807834268 0807834262
OCLC Number: 607975631
Description: 586 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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.
Series Title: Littlefield history of the Civil War era.
Responsibility: George C. Rable.

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"Religion in the Civil War has been an understudied subject, but Rable's thorough study goes a long way toward rectifying the neglect. . . . A heroic feat of research."--James M. McPherson, "New York Read more...

 
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