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By Terry A. Barnhart

Albert Taylor Bledsoe (1809–1877), a vital architect of the South’s “Lost reason” mythology, is still one of many Civil conflict generation’s such a lot debatable intellectuals. In Albert Taylor Bledsoe: Defender of the outdated South and Architect of the misplaced reason, Terry A. Barnhart sheds new mild in this provocative figure.

Bledsoe received 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 complicated difficulties attached with causality, Christian theology, and ethical philosophy. His fervent protection of slavery and the constitutional correct of secession, notwithstanding, solidified Bledsoe as one of many leader proponents of the belief of the previous South. In An Essay on Liberty and Slavery (1856), he assailed egalitarianism and promoted the establishment of slavery as a favorable strong. A decade later, he persisted to dedicate himself to fashioning the “Lost reason” narrative because the editor and owner of the Southern evaluate from 1867 till his loss of life in 1877. He carried on a literary culture aimed to reconcile white southerners to what he they usually seen because the indignity in their defeat via 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 remarkable lifestyles background right into a narrative that illustrates the occasions that formed his critiques and inspired his writings. Barnhart demonstrates how Bledsoe nonetheless speaks without delay, and infrequently eloquently, to the center concerns that divided the country within the 1860s and proceed to hang-out it today.

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