Upon the Altar of the Nation

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

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A profound and timely examination of the moral underpinnings of the War Between the States The Civil War was not only a war of armies but also a war of ideas, in which Union and Confederacy alike identified itself as a moral nation with God on its side. In this watershed book, Harry S. Stout measures the gap between those claims and the war's actual conduct. Ranging from the home front to the trenches and drawing on a wealth of contemporary documents, Stout explores the lethal mix of propaganda and ideology that came to justify slaughter on and off the battlefield. At a time when our country is once again at war, Upon the Altar of the Nation is a deeply necessary book.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 147.3 x 223.5 x 35.6mm | 567g
  • Penguin Books
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0143038761
  • 9780143038764
  • 1,067,804

About Harry S Stout

Harry S. Stout is the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University and the author of The New England Soul. He has received an NEH Research Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, among other awards. Currently the editor of the twenty-seven volume series of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Professor Stout has coedited the seventeen-volume series Religion and American Life designed for public schools.
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A triumph of scholarship, of interpretation, and (in the deepest sense) of historical understanding. (John Demos, National Book Awardwinning author of The Unredeemed Captive)
Thought provoking . . . asks many of the right questions. (James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books)"
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