Religion and the Antebellum Debate over Slavery

Edited by John R. McKivigan and Mitchell Snay


"The most complete discussion of the various ways religion undergirded most of the important issues of the day. The quality is high, and the collection makes an important contribution to antebellum social, cultural, religious, and political history."
—John B. Boles, author of Religion in Antebellum Kentucky

"The real merit of this book is to explore slavery and sectionalism within the context of antebellum Protestantism as a means to expose new connections and to highlight established scholarship in a fresh manner."
—Walter H. Conser Jr., coeditor of Religious Diversity and American Religious History

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This anthology of original essays by historians explores the religious dimensions of the antebellum sectional conflict over slavery. Covering such familiar topics as the proslavery argument and denominational schisms, these essays emphasize the diversity that existed within regions, states, and denominations; the importance of local factors in shaping responses to the slavery controversy; and the powerful pulls toward moderation and unity that existed within the institutional church. Drawing on the recent flowering of scholarship on religion, the essays collected here provide a variety of new approaches, including quantitative methodologies and a heightened sensitivity to issues of race, class, and gender.

Page count: 408 pp.
Trim size: 6.125 x 9.25


List price: $32.95

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John R. McKivigan is a professor of history at West Virginia University. He is the author of The War Against Proslavery Religion. Mitchell Snay is an associate professor of history at Denison University and the author of Gospel of Disunion.