Bonds of Union
Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland
By Bridget Ford
424 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 1 halftone, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2622-2
Published: March 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2623-9
Published: February 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5468-3
Published: August 2019
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Living in a bitterly contested region, the Americans examined here--Protestant and Catholic, black and white, northerner and southerner--made zealous efforts to understand the daily lives and struggles of those on the opposite side of vexing human and ideological divides. In their common pursuits of religious devotionalism, universal public education regardless of race, and relief from suffering during wartime, Ford discovers a surprisingly capacious and inclusive sense of political union in the Civil War era. While accounting for the era's many disintegrative forces, Ford reveals the imaginative work that went into bridging stark differences in lived experience, and she posits that work as a precondition for slavery's end and the Union's persistence.
About the Author
Bridget Ford is associate professor of history at California State University, East Bay.
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