The vast majority of Americans in the first half of the 19th Century were highly religious, overwhelmingly Christian, and believed America was destined for greatness, in part because of their belief in God. This conviction was put to the ultimate test by The Civil War.
Tonight at 8:00 p.m., "Crisis of Faith," the latest episode in the Tennessee Civil War 150 series, a joint production between NPT and the Renaissance Center, examines how positions on slavery and biblical interpretations on its morality divided religious denominations, and ultimately, the nation. Narrated by multiple Grammy and Dove award-winning singer and songwriter Amy Grant, and written and produced by NPT's Justin Harvey ("Nashville: The 21st Century in Photographs," "Nashville World War II Stories"), "Crisis of Faith" is the fifth episode in the Tennessee Civil War 150 series, a multi-part project coinciding with the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War.
Tennessee Civil War 150 is made possible in part by The Tennessee National Heritage Area, the Tennessee Dept. of Education and the Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission.
Traci Nichols-Belt is the author of Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War, published by The History Press. Traci holds a Master's degree in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Anderson University. Her principal research interest is the Civil War, with a particular focus on the impact of religion on the military. Traci has appeared on radio and television to speak about the role of religion in the Civil War, and she has had her writings published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly and in The New York Times Civil War blog, Disunion.