Religion, Civil Religion, and Civil war

Faith and foreign affairs in the Lincoln presidency

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

If one were to draw up a short list of presidents who have exercised a profound influence on American foreign policy, Abraham Lincoln would not likely spring directly to mind. Lincoln was essentially a war president for the entirety of his presidency, but it was a domestic war, a war for the preservation of the Union, and not a war that sent American troops onto foreign soil. In an 1860 speech at Hartford, Connecticut, Lincoln described the American political landscape plainly-"Slavery is the great political question of the nation"2- and, except for a condemnation of the African slave trade, the Republican Party platform on which he was elected said nothing about foreign affairs. So the epigraph above regarding his Secretary of State, William H. Seward-though quite possibly apocryphal-has just a ring of truth to it3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalReview of Faith and International Affairs
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Fingerprint

civil religion
civil war
faith
Religion
president
party platform
Republican Party
slave trade
slavery
foreign policy
Civil War
Civil Religion
Presidency
Foreign Affairs
Faith

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

@article{3a130f2753e8472aa169668842168add,
title = "Religion, Civil Religion, and Civil war: Faith and foreign affairs in the Lincoln presidency",
abstract = "If one were to draw up a short list of presidents who have exercised a profound influence on American foreign policy, Abraham Lincoln would not likely spring directly to mind. Lincoln was essentially a war president for the entirety of his presidency, but it was a domestic war, a war for the preservation of the Union, and not a war that sent American troops onto foreign soil. In an 1860 speech at Hartford, Connecticut, Lincoln described the American political landscape plainly-{"}Slavery is the great political question of the nation{"}2- and, except for a condemnation of the African slave trade, the Republican Party platform on which he was elected said nothing about foreign affairs. So the epigraph above regarding his Secretary of State, William H. Seward-though quite possibly apocryphal-has just a ring of truth to it3.",
author = "Andrew Murphy",
year = "2011",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1080/15570274.2011.630194",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "9",
pages = "21--28",
journal = "Review of Faith and International Affairs",
issn = "1557-0274",
publisher = "Council on Faith & International Affairs",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Religion, Civil Religion, and Civil war

T2 - Faith and foreign affairs in the Lincoln presidency

AU - Murphy, Andrew

PY - 2011/1/1

Y1 - 2011/1/1

N2 - If one were to draw up a short list of presidents who have exercised a profound influence on American foreign policy, Abraham Lincoln would not likely spring directly to mind. Lincoln was essentially a war president for the entirety of his presidency, but it was a domestic war, a war for the preservation of the Union, and not a war that sent American troops onto foreign soil. In an 1860 speech at Hartford, Connecticut, Lincoln described the American political landscape plainly-"Slavery is the great political question of the nation"2- and, except for a condemnation of the African slave trade, the Republican Party platform on which he was elected said nothing about foreign affairs. So the epigraph above regarding his Secretary of State, William H. Seward-though quite possibly apocryphal-has just a ring of truth to it3.

AB - If one were to draw up a short list of presidents who have exercised a profound influence on American foreign policy, Abraham Lincoln would not likely spring directly to mind. Lincoln was essentially a war president for the entirety of his presidency, but it was a domestic war, a war for the preservation of the Union, and not a war that sent American troops onto foreign soil. In an 1860 speech at Hartford, Connecticut, Lincoln described the American political landscape plainly-"Slavery is the great political question of the nation"2- and, except for a condemnation of the African slave trade, the Republican Party platform on which he was elected said nothing about foreign affairs. So the epigraph above regarding his Secretary of State, William H. Seward-though quite possibly apocryphal-has just a ring of truth to it3.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84858655840&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84858655840&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/15570274.2011.630194

DO - 10.1080/15570274.2011.630194

M3 - Article

VL - 9

SP - 21

EP - 28

JO - Review of Faith and International Affairs

JF - Review of Faith and International Affairs

SN - 1557-0274

IS - 4

ER -