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Diverging Loyalties: Baptists in Middle Georgia During the Civil War Hardcover – December 30, 2011
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"Conventional wisdom maintains that white Baptists in the Deep South strongly supported the Confederate cause. Bruce Gourley's nuanced examination of Middle Georgia instead maintains that class and local concerns consistently produced a spectrum of responses, from fervent loyalty to apathy. His conclusions will force a reassessment of the relationship between church and the Confederate state. Grounded in a close study of local and regional records, this is revisionist history of the best kind."
- Kenneth W. Noe, Draughon Professor of Southern History, Auburn University
"Bruce Gourley's analysis of Baptists in middle Georgia during the Civil War is a masterful balancing act. He places his historiographical interpretation in the context of virtually every other important interpreter, while "on the ground" he pays close attention to real Baptist voices in real Baptist church records. His ability to listen to the contemporary debate over the role of religion in the Civil War, while telling the stories of actual Baptists in Georgia who lived through it, will stimulate useful conversations among scholars and Civil War buffs alike."
- Andrew Manis, Associate Professor of History at Macon State College and author of Southern Civil Religions in Conflict: Civil Rights and the Culture Wars
"This provocative and comprehensive study not only offers much needed documentation of Baptist responses to slavery and the Civil War but also offers a case study in wider cultural and religious dynamics in one segment of the Confederacy. A well written, well documented and insightful analysis of an important epoch." - Bill Leonard, James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Church History and Baptist Studies, Wake Forest University
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