Reforging the White Republic
Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865–1898
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Writing this book has brought me great joy and great sorrow. I have been confronted by an America both beautiful and terrible. Along the way, my travels have been . . .
INTRODUCTION: Race, Religion, and the Fracturing of the White Republic
In 1867, the NewYork artist J. L. Giles engraved the image of a dream for the future of the United States. Its title, “Reconstruction,” was simple, but its vision was extraordinary. Giles . . .
1. THE LAST AND GREATEST BATTLE OF FREEDOM: Race and the American Nation after the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Northerners had little to celebrate on Easter Sunday in 1865. A day usually set aside for cheer became an occasion for mourning and sorrow. New York City was draped in black, . . .
2. ON THE VERGE OF HEAVEN: Religious Missions, Interracial Contact, and the Radicalism of Radical Reconstruction
After serving as a doctor among African American soldiers during the Civil War, Esther Hawks was teaching black children in Charleston, South Carolina, when news of . . .
3. THE APOSTLES OF FORGIVENESS: Religion and National Reunion in Northern Society, Popular Culture, and National Politics, 1865–1875
For many missionaries to the South, northern newspapers and monthly magazines were highly coveted commodities. They provided social sustenance for the teachers and kept . . .
4. INVENTOR OF LEGENDS MIRACULOUS: National Reconciliation and Racial Segregation during America’s Third Great Awakening
During the tumultuous spring of 1865, when the war had ended but the fate of the nation remained undetermined, an interdenominational body of Protestant leaders in Missouri . . .
5. THE WHITE FLAG WAVES: Spiritual Reunion and Genocidal Visions during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
Few southern whites were more passionate about or dedicated to the Confederacy and the Lost Cause than Father Abram J. Ryan, a Catholic priest and poet in New . . . .
6. NO NORTH, NO SOUTH, NO SECTIONALISM IN POLITICS, NO SEX IN CITIZENSHIP: Race, Nationalism, and Gender Politics in the Rise of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
Like many other southern white women after the Civil War, Belle Kearney often felt depressed about the condition of Dixie. Born in 1863 to an affluent family near Vernon, . . .
7. TO THE PERSON SITTING IN DARKNESS: Global Missions, Religious Belief, and the Making of the Imperial White Republic
On February 17, 1898, the United States lost its most powerful female leader. After battling anemia intermittently for several years and influenza for weeks, Frances Willard . . .
EPILOGUE: Dreaming of the White Republic, Defending the Souls of Black Folk