U.S. History

America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

David Goldfield

About the Program

David Goldfield, history professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, examines the social and political factors leading up to the start of the Civil War, namely the role that religion played.   Mr. Goldfield reports on how evangelicalism provided a backdrop of good versus evil that permeated the split between the North and South.  The author argues that a politically mediated resolution to the fissure between the two sides became unrealistic due to the inclusion of religion in political affairs. David Goldfield speaks at the Georgia Center for the Book in Decatur, Georgia.

About the Authors

David Goldfield

David Goldfield is the author of numerous books, including Promised Land and Still Fighting the Civil War.  He is currently a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


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Program Information

America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

Past Airings

  • Sunday, May 8th at 10:45pm (ET)
  • Sunday, May 8th at 1pm (ET)
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