2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Division or Deliverance: Scripture in the Slavery Debates

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Kristin A. Rawlings, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Department or Major

English

Location

Lillard 132

Abstract

Antebellum American history often centers on regional divisions—North versus South. The slavery debate did more than pit American against American. It undermined the unity of the Christian community, creating a sectarian split between Protestants and Catholics. This project explores the pervasive influence of Christian thought in the nineteenth century, specifically examining educational patronage. From this, I analyze a diverse selection of texts to demonstrate how the abolitionists’ appeal to the religious sentiment of the nation was both a response to cultural norms as well as decisive in the movement’s success by using shared themes to win the public’s sympathy.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2019 10:15 AM

Panel

Narrating America

Panel Moderator

Ben Goluboff

Field of Study for Presentation

American Studies, African American Studies, English

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Apr 9th, 9:00 AM Apr 9th, 10:15 AM

Division or Deliverance: Scripture in the Slavery Debates

Lillard 132

Antebellum American history often centers on regional divisions—North versus South. The slavery debate did more than pit American against American. It undermined the unity of the Christian community, creating a sectarian split between Protestants and Catholics. This project explores the pervasive influence of Christian thought in the nineteenth century, specifically examining educational patronage. From this, I analyze a diverse selection of texts to demonstrate how the abolitionists’ appeal to the religious sentiment of the nation was both a response to cultural norms as well as decisive in the movement’s success by using shared themes to win the public’s sympathy.