Reply To: Rothbard, Religion, and the War for Southern Independence


Theology played a role on both sides, and certainly Northern Puritanical zeal had much to do with reform efforts aimed at not only abolishing slavery, but every other moral crusade as well (temperance, women’s suffrage, etc). Northern theology also gave the South its Christian defense of slavery. See Larry Tise, “Proslavery” for a nice discuss on this trend.