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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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Harbingers of disunion: The denominational schisms

Harbingers of disunion: The denominational schisms

(p.113) 4 Harbingers of disunion: The denominational schisms
Gospel of Disunion

Mitchell Snay

University of North Carolina Press

The chapter presents an overview of disunions among the major national denominations which resulted from the ongoing moral debate over slavery. It looks into the role played by denominational schisms in the initiation of the Civil War and sectional attitudes. It explores the connection between the political crisis of the 1850s and these denominational schisms. It discusses similarities between religious divisions and secession. It addresses several factors demonstrating the relationship between religious and political separatism. The schisms within the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist denominations established a strong link between religion and sectionalism.

Keywords:   denominational schisms, sectionalism, political crisis, slavery, political separatism, religious divisions

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