When slavery was called freedom : evangelicalism, proslavery, and the causes of the Civil War /
John Patrick Daly.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2002.
207 p.
0813122414 (alk. paper)
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Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2002.
0813122414 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-201) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-02-01:
Daly (State Univ. of New York, Brockport) reexamines the evangelical culture of the antebellum South and how it sowed the seeds for secession and civil war. Southern evangelicalism espoused the modernizing trends of the Market Revolution, emphasizing individual responsibility and agency for all people, including slaves. Slave-based economics yielded prosperity and coincided with growing church memberships, leading Southern divines to believe that the moral and material structures of the South enjoyed God's blessing. Abolitionism was less a policy threat than a personal insult to righteous Southerners. Northern espousals of free labor ideology offended the Southern notion of the reciprocal biblical duty, which all people, including slaves, had the choice of embracing as part of their moral liberty. Secession from such morally odious ideas and people became a holy duty. Daly does not address important scholarship on secession by Michael Johnson (Toward a Patriarchal Republic, CH, Jan'78), William Freehling (The Road to Disunion, CH, Jan'91), or J. Mills Thornton (Politics and Power in a Slave Society, CH, Oct'78), nor does his emphasis on common moral values of the North and South shed light on why Northern and Southern churchmen saw themselves holding irreconcilable moral views with one another. Useful to historians and students, this is an important, but not final, word on the topic. All levels and collections. E. R. Crowther Adams State College
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Freedom and Evangelical Culture in the Southp. 6
The Post-1831 Birth of Evangelical Proslaveryp. 30
Answering Abolitionists, Defending Slaveholdersp. 57
The Evangelical Vision of the South and Its Futurep. 73
Evangelical Proslavery, Free Labor, and Disunion, 1850-1861p. 111
The Proslavery Formula and the Test of War, 1860-1865p. 136
Epiloguep. 155
Notesp. 159
Selected Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 203
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