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Photographic Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Public Domain image by Alexander Gardner-via Wikimedia Commons
Presidential Religion in the Civil War and The Age of Imperialism February 20, 2022
Both Union and Confederate leaders invoked God to advance their causes during the Civil War. But Abraham Lincoln refused to claim the divine on his side. Heather Curtis, a professor of religion at Tufts University, explains Lincoln’s approach to faith, and why he didn’t join a church. She also delves into the religious roots of William McKinley’s assertive foreign policy, and Woodrow Wilson’s leadership during World War I and his founding of the League of Nations.
Heather Curtis, department chair and associate professor of religion at Tufts University and author of Holy Humanitarians American: Evangelicals and Global Aid