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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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A Bible House Divided

A Bible House Divided

(p.72) 7 A Bible House Divided
The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role that the American Bible Society (ABS) played in the American Civil War. It begins with the ABS position on slavery and its inability to distribute Bibles directly to slaves due to restrictions in its constitution. The ABS position on slavery drew the ire of several American benevolent societies, including the American Anti-Slavery Society. The chapter then examines the role of Bible distribution among Civil War soldiers during the war. It focuses on how many soldiers read the Bible and how the ABS worked with the U.S. Christian Commission to bring Bibles to the front lines of combat.

Keywords:   Civil War, Bible in America, Slavery, American Anti-Slavery Society, United States Christian Commission

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