By Terry A. Barnhart
Bledsoe won a decent acceptance within the 1840s and 1850s as a metaphysician and speculative theologian. His significant works, An exam of President Edwards’ Inquiry into the liberty of the desire (1845) and A Theodicy; Or, Vindication of the Divine Glory, As Manifested within the structure and govt of the ethical international (1853), grapple with difficult difficulties hooked up with causality, Christian theology, and ethical philosophy. His fervent safety of slavery and the constitutional correct of secession, notwithstanding, solidified Bledsoe as one of many leader proponents of the assumption of the outdated South. In An Essay on Liberty and Slavery (1856), he assailed egalitarianism and promoted the establishment of slavery as a favorable sturdy. A decade later, he persisted to dedicate himself to fashioning the “Lost reason” narrative because the editor and owner of the Southern assessment from 1867 till his demise in 1877. He carried on a literary culture aimed to reconcile white southerners to what he they usually considered because the indignity in their defeat by way of sanctifying their misplaced reason. those that fought for the Confederacy, he argued, weren't traitors yet honorable males who sacrificed for noble reasons.
This biography skillfully weaves Bledsoe’s impressive existence background right into a narrative that illustrates the occasions that formed his critiques and inspired his writings. Barnhart demonstrates how Bledsoe nonetheless speaks at once, and occasionally eloquently, to the middle concerns that divided the kingdom within the 1860s and proceed to hang-out it today.
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Albert Taylor Bledsoe: Defender of the Old South and Architect of the Lost Cause (Southern Biography Series) by Terry A. Barnhart