By William C. Kashatus
An vital contribution to Lincoln scholarship, this thought-provoking paintings argues that Abraham Lincoln and the spiritual Society of acquaintances confronted the same hindrance: how you can in attaining emancipation with out extending the bloodshed and hassle of struggle. geared up chronologically so readers can see alterations in Lincoln's pondering over the years, the booklet explores the congruence of the sixteenth president's courting with Quaker trust and his political and spiritual notion on 3 particular concerns: emancipation, conscientious objection, and the relaxation and schooling of freedmen.
Distinguishing among the truth of Lincoln's dating with the Quakers and the mythology that has emerged over the years, the ebook differs considerably from earlier works in not less than methods. It indicates how Lincoln skillfully navigated a dating with the most vocal and politically lively non secular teams of the nineteenth century, and it records the sensible ways that a shared trust within the "Doctrine...
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Society of Friends—United States—History—19th century. I. Title. 7092—dc23 2014015667 ISBN: 978–1–4408–3319–9 EISBN: 978–1–4408–3320–5 18 17 16 15 14 1 2 3 4 5 This book is also available on the World Wide Web as an eBook. com for details. O. ” Linda B. ” James McPherson Emeritus Professor, Princeton University Author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era “I believe strongly in the message of this thorough study. ” Harold Holzer Roger Hertog Fellow, New York Historical Society “William Kashatus's Lincoln, the Quakers, and the Civil War is an excellent piece of historical writing by an author who has deep insight into American Quakers.
To be sure, Gurney was an evangelical Friend who emphasized the primary role of the Bible in the revelation of new truth. The sermon she delivered to Lincoln on 1 Peter and the “fiery trail” of those who are experiencing persecution reinforced that fact. But she did not totally discount the influence or necessity of the Holy Spirit. 5 At the same time, Gurney, like most Quakers, shared Lincoln’s perception that God’s will was the ultimate factor in determining human affairs. ” This strong sense of spirituality determined his course of action.
Many young Quakers enlisted in the Union army. After Congress passed the first Conscription Act in 1863, Lincoln, as promised, pardoned those young Friends who appealed for a religious exemption, but many were still arrested and imprisoned for refusing to serve. A second draft act, passed at the urging of Friends in 1864, exempted religious objectors from military service, provided they did medical work, assisted with recently freed slaves, or paid $300 to be used for the welfare of the freedmen.
Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and the Civil War. A Trial of Principle and Faith by William C. Kashatus