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I Freed Myself: African American Self-Emancipation in the Civil War Era by David Williams (review)

I Freed Myself: African American Self-Emancipation in the Civil War Era by David Williams (review) In privileging quotes and excerpts throughout, Dorn allows church leaders to speak for themselves. He does not interject the modern his- torian’s sensibilities into the narrative for much of each section, instead allowing the reader an unadulterated look at the world—-in its secular and sacred entirety—-his Episcopal bishops occupied. Only after pages and pages of detail (no doubt too much for some) on the actions of the bishop at hand does Dorn off er summaries and concluding observations. In those instances, his analysis is consistently fair and evenhanded. In all of this, Challenges on the Emmaus Road is the best kind of church history, or so nonaffi liated readers must surely think. It tells the story of Episcopal lead- ers as they struggled with slavery and war, but it is representative of what happened throughout most of American Christendom. Adding to a wealth of recent works examining the role of organized religion in the politics of slavery and secession, Dorn off ers a thoroughly researched and engagingly written look at Protestant Episcopal bishops during a period of great tur- moil. It is a study that any student of American religious and Civil War–era history is advised to read. Timothy http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

I Freed Myself: African American Self-Emancipation in the Civil War Era by David Williams (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 5 (1) – Feb 5, 2015

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Abstract

In privileging quotes and excerpts throughout, Dorn allows church leaders to speak for themselves. He does not interject the modern his- torian’s sensibilities into the narrative for much of each section, instead allowing the reader an unadulterated look at the world—-in its secular and sacred entirety—-his Episcopal bishops occupied. Only after pages and pages of detail (no doubt too much for some) on the actions of the bishop at hand does Dorn off er summaries and concluding observations. In those instances, his analysis is consistently fair and evenhanded. In all of this, Challenges on the Emmaus Road is the best kind of church history, or so nonaffi liated readers must surely think. It tells the story of Episcopal lead- ers as they struggled with slavery and war, but it is representative of what happened throughout most of American Christendom. Adding to a wealth of recent works examining the role of organized religion in the politics of slavery and secession, Dorn off ers a thoroughly researched and engagingly written look at Protestant Episcopal bishops during a period of great tur- moil. It is a study that any student of American religious and Civil War–era history is advised to read. Timothy

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 5, 2015

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