Lincoln's God: How Faith Transformed a President and a Nation

Lincoln's God: How Faith Transformed a President and a Nation

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This is the story of Lincoln's transformation and the ways in which religion helped millions of Northerners interpret the carnage and political upheaval of the 1850s and 1860s. Rather than focus on battles and personalities, Joshua Zeitz probes ways in which war and spiritual convictions became intertwined. Characters include the famous--Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Henry Ward Beecher--as well as ordinary soldiers and their families whose evolving understanding of mortality, heaven, and mission motivated them to fight. Long underestimated in accounts of the Civil War, religion played an instrumental role on the battlefield and home front, and in the corridors of government. 336 pages hc