Upon the Altar of the Nation by HarryS. Stout
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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Harry S. Stout is Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University and the author of The New England Soul. His awards include an N.E.H. Research Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Published March 27, 2007 by Penguin Books. 576 pages
Genres: History, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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(Stout notes that 21 Southern cadets remained to serve in the Union army, whereas all Southern students at Princeton went home.) Both sides searched for signs that theirs was the just one;

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