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Chaplain to the Confederacy: Basil Manly and Baptist Life in the Old South (Southern Biography Series) Hardcover – October 1, 2000


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  • Series: Southern Biography Series
  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807125768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807125762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,467,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Historians have long argued about the causes of the Civil War. This biography of Basil Manly, a neglected-but-important Southern Baptist minister and educator, illuminates our understanding of how the Civil War was a culture war. Manly's long career as a preacher and university president, his experiences as a father, husband, and slaveowner, all show the complexities of life in the Old South. Fuller argues that Manly resolved the many tensions and problems in his life through a steadfast reliance on Calvinist theology, especially the doctrines regarding Christian duty. Duty as a Christian intertwined with the ethics of Southern honor, allowing Manly to develop a sense of Christian gentility. Throughout his career, Manly worked hard to establish a distinctive Southern culture, including separate institutions. Thus he led the movement to form the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, as well as helping to found Southern schools like Furman University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1861, Manly helped found the Confederate States of America, serving as official chaplain to the Confederate congress in Montgomery and delivering the prayer at the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as president of the new Southern nation that the Baptist viewed as the fulfillment of God's plan for history. This well-written book provides a detailed study of a working minister, delves into nearly every aspect of life in the South, including family life, gender relations, slavery, economics, and higher education. It is a must read for Southern historians and anyone interested in how and why the Civil War came.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2001
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I usually don't write reviews of the books I read, but I thought I should come to Mr. Fuller's defense after seeing what a previous reviewer wrote. I, too, had the privilege of hearing the author speak, but my impression was that he was a very sincere and humble man who was genuinely interested in the study of history. He was humorous and self-deprecating, not arrogant. He was also very knowledgeable about the subject. This is a readable book by an academic. It is not a novel. It is not for everyone. I am a pastor of a church and I found this to be a sympathetic and balanced biography of a Baptist minister who has been neglected by historians. It was clear to me that Mr. Fuller did not agree with Manly on many issues--such as slavery--but he treated his subject with respect. And he treated Evangelical Christianity with respect, which is far too rare among academics. I think the other reviewer's personal attack is unfounded and should be ignored. Even if it is true, it says nothing about the quality of this book, which will be valuable for historians and for many others interested in the Civil War, the South, and the history of Baptists in America. And, from what I know, this is not Mr. Fuller's only publication and I'm looking forward to reading his future books as well as recommending this biography to my fellow pastors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2001
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This is a good biography of an important Baptist preacher. Fuller does a fine job of presenting the story of a working minister. This book will be interesting to historians and ministers who want to study how religion interacted with culture and society. I thought the best parts of the book were those that showed how Basil Manly, a white slaveowner, dealt with slaves, both his own and those in his church. I also liked the way Fuller weaved the political and social tensions of the South into the biography. I was disappointed that there was not more coverage of the Civil War itself, but I liked the book and thought it was a good biography of an important preacher who helped bring about the Civil War.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2001
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Historians have long argued about the causes of the Civil War. This biography of Basil Manly, a neglected-but-important Southern Baptist minister and educator, illuminates our understanding of how the Civil War was a culture war. Manly's long career as a preacher and university president, his experiences as a father, husband, and slaveowner, all show the complexities of life in the Old South. Fuller argues that Manly resolved the many tensions and problems in his life through a steadfast reliance on Calvinist theology, especially the doctrines regarding Christian duty. Duty as a Christian intertwined with the ethics of Southern honor, allowing Manly to develop a sense of Christian gentility. Throughout his career, Manly worked hard to establish a distinctive Southern culture, including separate institutions. Thus he led the movement to form the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, as well as helping to found Southern schools like Furman University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1861, Manly helped found the Confederate States of America, serving as official chaplain to the Confederate congress in Montgomery and delivering the prayer at the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as president of the new Southern nation that the Baptist viewed as the fulfillment of God's plan for history. This well-written book provides a detailed study of a working minister, delves into nearly every aspect of life in the South, including family life, gender relations, slavery, economics, and higher education. It is a must read for Southern historians and anyone interested in how and why the Civil War came.
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