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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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Conclusion Religion, the origins of Southern nationalism, and the coming of the Civil War

Conclusion Religion, the origins of Southern nationalism, and the coming of the Civil War

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(p.211) Conclusion Religion, the origins of Southern nationalism, and the coming of the Civil War
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Gospel of Disunion
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Mitchell Snay

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807846872.003.0008

The chapter examines the role of religion in contributing to the growth of Southern distinctiveness and eventually in the coming of the Civil War. Religion played a crucial role in the development of antebellum Southern separatism. Religious and political discourse together with sectional controversy over slavery intensified the process of disrupting of the Union. Constitutional crisis is viewed as the cause behind the coming of the Civil War. The chapter explains the concept of honor in the secession crisis. It discusses how Jefferson Davis helped in accelerating the drive towards Southern nationalism. Religion created a moral consensus around slavery through spiritualization. The sanctification of slavery served as a unifying force. The role of ideology in the coming of the Civil War is also discussed. Finally, the chapter provides a conclusion emphasizing the contribution of religion toward secession and revisiting its crucial role in the coming of the Civil War.

Keywords:   Civil War, secession, Southern distinctiveness, constitutional crisis, slavery, moral consensus, spiritualization, Jefferson Davis

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