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Our CountryNorthern Evangelicals and the Union during the Civil War Era$
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Grant R. Brodrecht

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279906

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279906.001.0001

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From Moses to Joshua

From Moses to Joshua

(p.91) 4 From Moses to Joshua
Our Country

Grant R. Brodrecht

Fordham University Press

The fourth chapter surveys the generally positive reception northern evangelicals gave Andrew Johnson following Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865 and through the remainder of the year. Flowing from their desire to see one whole, Christian America realized, northern evangelicals explicitly encouraged Johnson to follow in Lincoln’s steps and act as a willing vehicle of providence to speedily restore the Union. With Congress in recess until December, Johnson had a relatively free hand to direct Reconstruction and produce sectional reconciliation, and his initial Reconstruction policy generally met with northern evangelical approval. Rather than advocating for racial justice, non-radical northern evangelicals remained animated by a vision of national Christian oneness and were ready with Andrew Johnson to declare the Union restored by December 1865.

Keywords:   Christian America, Johnson, Andrew, Northern evangelicals, Oneness, Providence, Reconstruction, Union

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