Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War

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Penguin, Mar 27, 2007 - History - 576 pages
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A profound and timely examination of the moral underpinnings of the War Between the States

The Civil War was not only a war of armies but also a war of ideas, in which Union and Confederacy alike identified itself as a moral nation with God on its side. In this watershed book, Harry S. Stout measures the gap between those claims and the war’s actual conduct. Ranging from the home front to the trenches and drawing on a wealth of contemporary documents, Stout explores the lethal mix of propaganda and ideology that came to justify slaughter on and off the battlefield. At a time when our country is once again at war, Upon the Altar of the Nation is a deeply necessary book.

 

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Both the South and the North claimed God's blessing for their side. Great analysis of the misuse of religion. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
PROLOGUE
2 LET THE STRIFE BEGIN
3 OUR FLAG CARRIES AMERICAN HISTORY
4 THE DAY OF THE POPULACE
5 TO RECOGNIZE OUR DEPENDENCE UPON GOD
6 THE CHURCH WILL SOUND THE TRUMPETS
A TOTAL AND DISGRACEFUL ROUT
25 FOR THE SAKE OF THE CAUSE
26 A POLITICAL WORSHIP
27 THE ROCK OF CHICKAMAUGA
29 THE PRESENT UNHOLY WAR
30 FROM HEAD TO HEART
31 I CAN ONLY THINK OF HELL UPON EARTH
32 NO PLEDGE TO MAKE BUT ACTION
33 THE MOST INTERESTING MEN IN THE COUNTRY

ADORNED BY THE NAME OF GOD
9 WILL NOT THE MARTYRS BE BLESSED ?
10 TO HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE GOD
11 IS IT NOT GRAND ?
12 THE POPULAR HEART
13 RELIGION HAS GROWN WARLIKE
14 WHAT SCENES OF BLOODSHED
15 GOD WILLS THIS CONTEST
THE HORRORS OF A BATTLEFIELD
18 ALL WHO DIE FOR COUNTRY NOW DIE ALSO FOR HUMANITY
19 LINCOLN EMANCIPATION AND TOTAL WAR
SO FOOLHARDY AN ADVENTURE
21 GOD HAS GRANTED US A HAPPY NEW YEAR
22 AS SAVAGE AS SAVAGES
THE CHAMBER OF DEATH
FIELD OF BLOOD AND DEATH
34 IF IT TAKES ALL SUMMER
35 JUNE 3 COLD HARBOR I WAS KILLED
36 THE PIOUS MEN WILL BE HELD UP AS THE GREATEST OF PATRIOTS
37 IF THEY WANT PEACE THEY MUST STOP THE WAR
THE WORK OF DESTRUCTION
39 A VOTE FOR PRINCIPLE FOR CONSCIENCE FOR CHRIST
40 I CAN MAKE THIS MARCH AND MAKE GEORGIA HOWL
41 UPHOLD THE CAUSE AND STRENGTHEN THE HANDS OF THE FAITHFUL
42 VENGEANCE UPON SOUTH CAROLINA
43 LET US STRIVE ON TO FINISH THE WORK WE ARE IN
45 THE MAN DIES BUT THE CAUSE LIVES
AFTERWORD
PRIMARY SOURCES
SECONDARY SOURCES
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About the author (2007)

Harry S. Stout is the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University and the author of The New England Soul. He has received an NEH Research Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, among other awards. Currently the editor of the twenty-seven volume series of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Professor Stout has coedited the seventeen-volume series Religion and American Life designed for public schools.

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