The Routledge Sourcebook of Religion and the American Civil War: A History in Documents

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Robert R. Mathisen
Routledge, Oct 24, 2014 - History - 536 pages

In recent years, the intersection of religion and the American Civil War has been the focus of a growing area of scholarship. However, primary sources on this subject are housed in many different archives and libraries scattered across the U.S., and are often difficult to find. The Routledge Sourcebook of Religion and the American Civil War collects these sources into a single convenient volume, the most comprehensive collection of primary source material on religion and the Civil War ever brought together.

With chapters organized both chronologically and thematically, and highlighting the experiences of soldiers, women, African Americans, chaplains, clergy, and civilians, this sourcebook provides a rich array of resources for scholars and students that highlights how religion was woven throughout the events of the war. Sources collected here include:

• Sermons
• Song lyrics
• Newspaper articles
• Letters
• Diary entries
• Poetry
• Excerpts from books and memoirs
• Artwork and photographs

Introductions by the editor accompany each chapter and individual document, contextualizing the sources and showing how they relate to the overall picture of religion and the war. Beginning students of American history and seasoned scholars of the Civil War alike will greatly benefit from having easy access to the full texts of original documents that illustrate the vital role of religion in the country’s most critical conflict.


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Robert R. Mathisen is Professor of History and Political Science at Corban University. He is the editor of The Role of Religion in American Life: An Interpretive Historical Anthology and Critical Issues in American Religious History.

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