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Gospel of Disunion: Religion and Separatism in the Antebellum South

Mitchell Snay


The centrality of religion in the life of the Old South, the strongly religious nature of the sectional controversy over slavery, and the close affinity between religion and antebellum American nationalism—all point toward the need to explore the role of religion in the development of Southern sectionalism. This book examines the various ways in which religion adapted to and influenced the development of a distinctive Southern culture and politics before the Civil War, adding depth and form to the movement that culminated in secession. From the abolitionist crisis of 1835 through the formation ... More

Keywords: slavery, Southern sectionalism, antebellum American nationalism, Southern religion, Southern culture, Civil War, secession, abolitionist crisis, Confederacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780807846872
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469616155_Snay


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mitchell Snay, author