Reforging the White Republic
Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865–1898
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Page Count: 376
Publication Year: 2005