book reviews Steve Longenecker. Gettysburg Religion: Refinement, Diversity, and Race in the Antebellum and Civil War Border North (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014). Pp. xiv, 264. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $45.00. In this book, Steve Longenecker explores the social forces that shaped the character and development of religious life in Gettysburg in the antebellum era up through the Civil War. He is particularly interested in tracing how religious life interacted with broader culture. As the subtitle indicates, he finds three dominant forces--refinement, diversity, and race--at play within the town's religious communities. He argues that these forces not only gave religious life in Gettysburg its vibrancy, but that they also foreshadowed the religious patterns of modern America. For that reason, he finds Gettysburg an intriguing case study. With its geographic location on the border between North and South, its economic ascendency from rural village to regional center, and its social diversity along ethnic, racial, and religious lines, it provides a representative glimpse of the nation well before the war secured Gettysburg's place in history. The six chapters are arranged thematically. The first sketches the history of Gettysburg and provides a profile of the community. The next two
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