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Gettysburg ReligionRefinement, Diversity, and Race in the Antebellum and Civil War Border North$
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Steve Longenecker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255191

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255191.001.0001

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Ethnicity and Doctrine

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Gettysburg Religion

Steve Longenecker

Fordham University Press

This chapter draws attention to two particularly strong contributions to diversity in antebellum Gettysburg religion: ethnicity and doctrine. Germans, the largest ethnic group, pondered how much English to accept, and evangelicalism provoked passionate debate, notably within mainline fellowships. Distinctive doctrines also thrived. Dunkers and Catholics were so far from the Protestant center that they occupied outer orbits of Gettysburg religion, although they moved in different, nearly opposite directions. Thus, diversity remained a daily occurrence in the antebellum Border North, and Gettysburg religion, more complicated than the rest of America, foretold of an ethnically and doctrinally complex nation that as a rule, with some big exceptions, was tolerant.

Keywords:   Gettysburg, Religion, Pennsylvania, Ethnicity, Evangelicalism, Pennsylvania Germans, Catholicism, Dunkers

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