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March 25, 2017

Episode 35 - In God We Trust? Religion and the American Civil War


On Episode 35 of American History Toowe're joined by the University of Hull's Rachel Williams to discuss the role that religion played in the American Civil War.  

Rachel guides us through the evolution of religion from the founding years through to the antebellum era and the effect it had on the emerging country. What effect did relgion have in justifying slavery in the South? Has religion in the US benefitted from not having a predetermined state religion? And what was the effect of the Second Great Awakening?

We then discuss how religion shaped the experience of the Civil War and how it impacted both the Northern and Southern cause. Finally, Rachel reflects on how the Civil War experience impacted upon religion going forward and offers us a sneak preview of next month's episode.

We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.


Mark and Malcolm

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