- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: University of Georgia Press (August 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0820306819
- ISBN-13: 978-0820306810
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,242,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 Paperback – August 1, 1983
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The book is riveting. The scholarship is meticulous. I could not put it down. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who wants to understand the history of our country.
F. Norman Vickers
But seller is excellent.
Wilson argues that this civil religion was a combination of Christian and Confederate symbols. According to Wilson this civil religion was formed out of Confederate ministers attempts to reconcile defeat in the war with the Will of God and (as the ministers believed) Confederate righteousness.
Significant in this study is Wilson's look at the role that White Supremacy played in this civil religion. He looks extensively at the role of racism as embodied in groups such as the KKK.
All in all, the work is a brilliant look at ideas pervasive in the reconstruction and early modern south, ideas which have been influential in formation of the modern New South.
Baptized in Blood is well worth the reading of anyone who seeks to understand the post-civil war period, and/or the social and political psychology of the American south.