Politics+Society

Books

Religion and the Civil War

Essential books

God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Reli­gious History of the American Civil War, by George C. Rable.

Books

The Myth of American Religious Freedom, by David Sehat

In 1859, an 11-year-old Catholic boy, Thomas Whall, refused to recite the Ten Commandments from the King James Bible in a public school. McLaurin Cooke, an assistant principal, whipped Whall's hands with a rattan rod for 30 minutes. With his hands bleeding and swollen, the boy finally gave in. Police arrested Cooke, but a court dismissed charges of assault and battery.