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Historian George C. Rable will pose the question “Was There a Religious History of the American Civil War?” during his presentation on Thursday, September 20th, at 12 noon at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation will be held in the Alabama Power Auditorium.
Rable's talk will explore how the 19th-century Americans used their religious faith to interpret the causes and course of the Civil War. He will discuss how both sides assumed that God was on their side and interpreted events large and small through a religious lens.
George C. Rable is the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama. A native of Lima, Ohio, he received his B.A. from Bluffton College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. His book Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) won the Lincoln Prize, the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award in American Military History, the Jefferson Davis Award, and the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award, and was a History Book Club selection. Other titles by Rable include The Confederate Republic: A Revolution Against Politics, Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism, and But There Was No Peace: the Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction. He currently is writing a book with the working title, “A Religious History of the American Civil War.”
This presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.
For more information call (334) 353-4712.
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Created: August 23, 2007
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435