By Bridget Ford
Living in a bitterly contested sector, the americans tested here--Protestant and Catholic, black and white, northerner and southerner--made zealous efforts to appreciate the day-by-day lives and struggles of these at the contrary facet of vexing human and ideological divides. In their universal goals of spiritual devotionalism, common public schooling despite race, and aid from affliction in the course of wartime, Ford discovers a shockingly capacious and inclusive experience of political union within the Civil warfare era. While accounting for the era's many disintegrative forces, Ford unearths the resourceful paintings that went into bridging stark variations in lived adventure, and he or she posits that paintings as a precondition for slavery's finish and the Union's persistence.
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Bonds of Union: Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland (Civil War America) by Bridget Ford