Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War

Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War

Harry S. Stout


A well timed reconsideration of "just war," this landmark background heavily examines the ethical underpinnings of the struggle among the States

whilst the kingdom tore itself aside throughout the Civil warfare, the North and the South marched less than the banner of God. but the genuine ethical elements of this warfare have bought little realize from historians of the interval. during this gripping quantity, Yale spiritual historian Harry S. Stout demonstrates how either teams’ claims they'd God on their facet fueled the ferocity of the clash and its enduring legacy this day.

continuing chronologically from the election of Lincoln to the beginning of Reconstruction, Stout explores how the elemental ethical behavior of the warfare shifted from a constrained clash fought over constitutional concerns to a complete warfare within which slaughter either off and on the battlefield was once justified because the purely capacity to unconditional victory. As North and South alike enshrined their explanations as sacred, a type of nationwide faith emerged according to martyrdom and rebirth via violence.

Drawing on a desirable array of Civil battle letters, sermons, editorials, diaries, and conflict pictures, Stout unearths how women and men have been ensnared within the time’s patriotic propaganda and ideological grip and the way those wartime regulations proceed to echo within the debates this present day. bound to galvanize a big reevaluation of this bloody and tormented interval and entice readers of James McPherson, Garry Wills, and David Herbert Donald, Upon the Altar of the Nation is a provocative and astounding exam of intent and behavior, either off and on the battlefield.

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