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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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Rebuilding a Christian Nation

Rebuilding a Christian Nation

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(p.84) 8 Rebuilding a Christian Nation
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The Bible Cause
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John Fea

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.003.0009

This chapter explores the role that the American Bible Society (ABS) played in post-Civil War Reconstruction. With the Civil War complete, the ABS needed to restore relationships with its southern auxiliary Bible societies. When this was accomplished, the ABS believed that its attempts at bringing a Christian nation back together in the wake of the war were complete. This chapter discusses the ABS work with freedmen in the South and the implications of its understanding of Reconstruction for race relations. By allowing southern auxiliaries to make local decisions about Bible distribution many of the freedmen were not supplied with the Bibles that they needed. It includes several anecdotes that reveal the local and religious dimensions of Reconstruction.

Keywords:   Reconstruction, Bible in America, Bible, slavery, race, Civil War, Freedmen, African American history, Southern history

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