Publisher description for Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War / James O. Lehman and Steven M. Nolt.


Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog


Information from electronic data provided by the publisher. May be incomplete or contain other coding.


Counter

During the American Civil War, the Mennonites and Amish faced moral dilemmas that tested the very core of their faith. How could they oppose both slavery and the war to end it? How could they remain outside the conflict without entering the American mainstream to secure legal conscientious objector status? In the North, living this ethical paradox marked them as ambivalent participants to the Union cause, in the South, as clear traitors.

In the first scholarly treatment of pacifism during the Civil War, two experts in Anabaptist studies explore the important role of sectarian religion in the conflict and the effects wartime Americanization had on these religious communities. James O. Lehman and Steven M. Nolt describe the various strategies used by religious groups who struggled to come to terms with the American mainstream without sacrificing religious values -- some opted for greater political engagement, others chose apolitical withdrawal, and some individuals renounced their faith and entered the fight.

Integrating the most recent Civil War scholarship with little-known primary sources and new information from Pennsylvania and Virginia to Illinois and Iowa, Lehman and Nolt provide the definitive account of the Anabaptist experience during the bloodiest war in American history.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Mennonites -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Amish -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Anabaptists -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Pacifists -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Religious aspects.
War -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- 19th century.
Mennonites -- United States -- Political activity -- History -- 19th century.
Amish -- United States -- Political activity -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.