The Resource Rebuilding Zion : the religious reconstruction of the South, 1863-1877, Daniel W. Stowell

Rebuilding Zion : the religious reconstruction of the South, 1863-1877, Daniel W. Stowell

Label
Rebuilding Zion : the religious reconstruction of the South, 1863-1877
Title
Rebuilding Zion
Title remainder
the religious reconstruction of the South, 1863-1877
Statement of responsibility
Daniel W. Stowell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Both the North and the South viewed the Civil War in Christian terms. Each side believed that its fight was just, that God favored its cause. Rebuilding Zion is the first study to explore simultaneously the reaction of southern white evangelicals, northern white evangelicals, and Christian freedpeople to Confederate defeat. As white southerners struggled to assure themselves that the collapse of the Confederacy was not an indication of God's stern judgment, white northerners and freedpeople were certain that it was. Author Daniel W. Stowell tells the story of the religious reconstruction of the South following the war, a bitter contest between southern and northern evangelicals, at the heart of which was the fate of the freedpeople's souls and the southern effort to maintain a sense of sectional identity. Central to the southern churches' vision of the Civil War was the idea that God had not abandoned the South; defeat was a Father's stern chastisement. Secession and slavery had not been sinful; rather, it was the radicalism of the northern denominations that threatened the purity of the Gospel. Northern evangelicals, armed with a vastly different vision of the meaning of the war and their call to Christian duty, entered the post-war South intending to save white southerner and ex-slave alike. The freedpeople, however, drew their own providential meaning from the war and its outcome. The goal for blacks in the postwar period was to establish churches for themselves separate from the control of their former masters. Stowell plots the conflicts that resulted from these competing visions of the religious reconstruction of the South. By demonstrating how the southern vision eventually came to predominate over, but not eradicate, the northern and freedpeople's visions for the religious life of the South, he shows how the southern churches became one of the principal bulwarks of the New South, a region marked by intense piety and intense racism throughout the twentieth century. - Publisher
Cataloging source
VHS
Dewey number
277.5081
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BR535
LC item number
.S76 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Rebuilding Zion : the religious reconstruction of the South, 1863-1877, Daniel W. Stowell
Publication
Note
Originally published: 1998
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-267) and index
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  • HOU-GRE
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Stonewall Jackson and the providence of God -- God's wrath: disruption, destruction, and confusion in southern religious life -- God's chastisement: the Confederate understanding of the Civil War -- God's judgment: the northern understanding of the Civil War -- God's deliverance: the freedpeople's understanding of the Civil War -- Crossing Jordan: the Black quest for religious autonomy -- Southern churches resurgent: denominational structures and religious newspapers -- Educating Confederate Christians: Sunday schools and denominational colleges -- "A pure and loyal gospel": Northern missionary efforts in the South -- Voting the Bible: religion and politics in the reconstruction South -- One nation under God? Efforts toward sectional reunion -- The shape of religious reconstruction
Control code
ocm49856225
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 278 pages
Isbn
9780195149814
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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u1881647
System control number
  • (OCoLC)49856225
  • (Sirsi) a1881647

Library Locations

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