Saturday, July 9, 2011

Blog: Evangelicals, Republicans, and the Civil War

From the New York Times Opinionator blog, this blog talks about how evangelical Protestants made up much of the early Republican party. During the early to mid-19th Century, evangelicalism was undergoing a surge of popularity known as the Second Great Awakening. Many evangelicals were antislavery, anti-Catholic (as many arsenal workers were), and anti-Mormon, and ultimately, many of them joined what would become the Republican party. Of course, Abraham Lincoln, a moderate, became that party's first president, which many Southerners took as a sign that slavery - and their way of life - was about to be destroyed. However, there were many evangelicals in the South too, so we cannot say that they all shared the same views.
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