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American Religion

Revisiting Baptized In Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause

When: June 8, 2022, 2:45 pm - Wednesday

Where: Ezell 107

Session 2

Session Abstract

Although Charles Reagan Wilson’s Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 was published over forty years ago, its relevance is perhaps more pronounced today than ever before, given the current debate over the meaning of the Confederacy and the monuments that symbolized—and continue to symbolize—its values. Two historians and one lay activist and grassroots teacher will discuss this book and its contemporary pertinence. Following those presentations, the author will respond.


Richard Hughes, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • James Lee McDonough, Auburn University, Emeritus, “William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life”
  • Andrew Polk, Middle Tennessee State University, “Faith in Freedom: Propaganda, Presidential Politics, and the Making of an American Religion”
  • Anthony Hendricks, The Public, Franklin, Tennessee,
  • Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi, Emeritus, “Baptized in Blood”

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