If you are in the Chattanooga area on Thursday, September 19 at 5:30pm, please consider attending the first LeRoy Martin Lecture of the academic year. Ed Blum will be speaking at UTC on "Satan Was the First Secessionist: Devil Talk and the American Civil War" (abstract below).
Ed recently sent me his "prezi" presentation of the lecture, and it looks amazing! I hope to see you there.
Lincoln hoped that the "better angels of our nature" would stop halt
the drive to war. They didn't. Instead, the Civil War unleashed demons
on the nation and brought hell
to earth. Whether in the diaries of soldiers, the political cartoons of
newspapers, or the speeches of leading statesmen, biblical evil was on
display in every facet of American society. In "Satan was the first
Secessionist," award-winning historian Edward
J. Blum brings us to the dark side of this Civil War and what uses the
prince of darkness to shed new light on the war that almost destroyed