God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War - Littlefield History of the Civil War Era (Hardback)
  • God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War - Littlefield History of the Civil War Era (Hardback)

God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War - Littlefield History of the Civil War Era (Hardback)

Hardback 586 Pages / Published: 30/11/2010
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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 course of the war.

Examining a wide range of published and unpublished documents--including sermons, official statements from various churches, denominational papers and periodicals, and letters, diaries, and newspaper articles--Rable illuminates the broad role of religion during the Civil War, giving attention to often-neglected groups such as Mormons, Catholics, blacks, and people from the Trans-Mississippi region. The book underscores religion's presence in the everyday lives of Americans north and south struggling to understand the meaning of the conflict, from the tragedy of individual death to victory and defeat in battle and even the ultimate outcome of the war. Rable shows that themes of providence, sin, and judgment pervaded both public and private writings about the conflict. Perhaps most important, this volume--the only comprehensive religious history of the war--highlights the resilience of religious faith in the face of political and military storms the likes of which Americans had never before endured.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807834268
Number of pages: 586
Weight: 1021 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 42 mm
Edition: New edition

A groundbreaking account. . . . Examining a wide range of published and unpublished documents . . . Rable illuminates the broad role of religion during the Civil War. . . . The only comprehensive religious history of the war. . . . Will make an important addition to your Civil War library. . . . Excellent.--Lone Star Book Review

Rable's sweeping synthesis invites reflection on the growing body of work on religion in the Civil War and on the meaning of 'a religious history' of the war.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Rable taps into the extensive scholarly literature on Civil War chaplains." --The North Carolina Historical Review

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 Review of Books

Brilliant and groundbreaking. . . . Rable's engrossing study of the role of religion in the Civil War will stand as the definitive religious history of America's most divisive conflict.--Publishers Weekly, starred review

The reader of this book is left with many insights, many things to reconsider through the lens of religion.--Georgia Historical Quarterly

Deeply researched and written with subtlety and skill. . . . Rable's book will become a classic." --Christian Century

I lamented the end of this book. Rable's recounting was so gripping and moving that one simply wanted more. Rable is a historian's historian, one who has sifted an enormous mound of evidence, dealt fairly with it, made good sense of it, and spun a captivating tale.--Mid-America Journal of Theology

Rable's work attests that historians cannot understand the Civil War without including the role of religion and that those who ignore it misapprehend how those who lived during the war saw the conflict.--Utah Historical Quarterly

Impressively researched and well written, this book will appeal especially to specialists in the areas of the nineteenth-century United States, American church history, and the Civil War. . . . Scholars for many years to come will turn to Rable for a definitive synthesis of a subject too long neglected.--Indiana Magazine of History

An excellent analysis. . . . Stands out for its accessibility and thorough research. . . . Highly recommended for readers of Civil War history or American religious history.--Library Journal

This long overdue book will interest those who care about American religious history, the Civil War, and church history in general.--Mid-America Journal of Theology

Rable's sweeping book synthesizes a massive amount of primary source material and provides a narrative that unfolds as intensely as the war it chronicles.--Journal of American History

George C. Rable is one of the greatest American historians working, and this new book cements that reputation.--Journal of Southern History

There are precious few religious histories of the [Civil] war. . . . God's Almost Chosen Peoples is less judgmental and more expansive.--Sociology of Religion

Teachers, scholars, and parents should welcome this work and its contribution to Cherokee scholarship.--Journal of Appalachian Studies

Award-winning historian George Rable offers the most expansive and thorough take on the subject to date . . . . The most complex and detailed analysis of religion and the Civil War yet written.--Methodist History

All scholars interested in the Civil War or American religious history will want to acquire this major work.--Journal of NC Association of Historians

This work harbors an inner virtue worthy of its subjects. . . . Rable has recorded [religion's] voice with both particular singularity and universal resonance, providing a full soundtrack to the largely silent film that has been Civil War religious history.--Southern Historian

[This] book will enjoy wide circulation among scholars and will long stand as the starting place for anyone interested in this topic.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Until George C. Rable's God's Almost Chosen Peoples . . . an exploration of the role of religion has been strangely absent from the standard histories of the sectional conflict.--Foreword Magazine

A thorough history of religion in that seminal conflict that scholars of both American religion and the Civil War should read.--Alabama Review

God's Almost Chosen Peoples is one of the most significant books published in recent years on a Civil War subject. Impeccably researched and gracefully written, it fills a significant void in the historiography of the conflict....God's Almost Chosen Peoples should stand for years as the definitive work on religion and the Civil War. The author's research is meticulous, his narrative flowing, and his judgments sound. Dr. Rable's important book is recommended without reservation.--Blue and Gray Magazine

Rable handles these topics with skill. His book sets a high standard for historians who might want to delve deeper into the relationship between war and religion. . . .Important, pathbreaking book. Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries." --Choice

Encompasses a wide range of religious expression in the United States at the time. . . . Contains many anecdotes that illustrate how religion played an essential part in the war.--University of Alabama News

The most comprehensive and deeply researched account of the role of religion in the American Civil War to date. . . . No other study has canvassed such a collection of source materials on the topic. . . . God's Almost Chosen Peoples should become the starting point for any future studies of religion and the Civil War.--Civil War Book Review

Research [this] estimable warrants delighted admiration, even were it presented without any special eclat--as so often is the case. But Rable's prose breaks the mold and makes God's Almost Chosen Peoples gratifying reading, accessible to any audience. . . . Interesting and important.--America's Civil War

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