elizabeth duquette, associate professor of English at Gettysburg College, is the author of Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in NineteenthCentury America (Rutgers University Press, 2010) and coeditor of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Challenges on the Emmaus Road: Episcopal Bishops Confront Slavery, Civil War, and Emancipation. By T. Felder Dorn. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013. Pg. 472. Cloth, $49.95.) The title of T. Felder Dorn's exhaustive study of Episcopal bishops before, during, and after the American Civil War is revealing in more ways than one. It is taken from the Gospel of Luke 24:1335, where Jesus walks and talks with his disciples about his crucifixion and resurrection without being recognized. Dorn sees this biblical turn as a handy metaphor for the blindness and willful apathy exhibited by Episcopal bishops to the evils of slavery and the related events that led to civil war. The title and its origins are also emblematic of Dorn's methodological commitment to telling history from a theological perspective. Challenges on the Emmaus Road is first and foremost a work of church history, and its every insight is offered in light of
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