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Course Description

As religious Americans entered the vortex of the Civil War era, religion affected the course of the crisis and vice versa. Religious groups were blamed for contributing to the war. They were praised or denounced for supporting or opposing the war efforts of their respective sides. They often sought to minister to the spiritual and material needs of a people in conflict. This course will look at the experiences and influence of numerous religious groups, from the then-dominant evangelical Protestants to the Catholics, Quakers, Episcopalians, Jews, AME, Mormons, etc. Topics to be covered include prewar schisms over slavery, wartime divisions, chaplains and revivals at the front, government repression of slave religion and of religious opposition to the respective sides' war policies, missionary and relief efforts in the conquered South, the growth of an independent African-American church, and the religious contribution to the “Lost Cause” myth.Lecture(plus Questions)Facilitated Discussion 
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