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Gospel of DisunionReligion and Separatism in the Antebellum South$
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Mitchell Snay

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780807846872

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469616155_Snay

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Introduction Religion and the search for Southern distinctiveness

Introduction Religion and the search for Southern distinctiveness

(p.1) Introduction Religion and the search for Southern distinctiveness
Gospel of Disunion

Mitchell Snay

University of North Carolina Press

The Introduction focuses on Southern identity in the religious sphere. It discusses the impact of sectional controversy over slavery in various areas of Southern life. The need for a religious approach to understanding the nature of Southern separatism is highlighted. Religion played an important role in human relations, culture, and society in the antebellum South. The chapter also discusses the relationship between religion and politics. It looks into the religious nature of the sectional controversy over slavery. Religion made a major contribution toward the formation of antebellum Southern distinctiveness. The chapter revisits the linking concept between religion and the origins of Southern separatism.

Keywords:   Southern separatism, slavery, human relations, Southern distinctiveness, religious approach

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