No Sorrow like Our Sorrow: Northern Protestant Ministers and the Assassination of Lincoln

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Notes
INTRODUCTION
1. For further discussion on the use of sermons as historical documents, see David B. Chesebrough and Lawrence W. McBride, Sermons as Historical Documents: Henry Ward Beecher and the Civil War,275-91. Thomas Reed Turner has noted that "Sermons preached after the assassination are an excellent means of gauging public reactions, yet they have been virtually unexamined by historians." Beware the People Weeping: Public Opinion and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 77
2. Paxton Hibben, Henry Ward Beecher: An American Portrait, xiii-xiv; Theodore Parker , "The Slave Power," Centenary Edition of the Works of Theodore Parker 11:279.
3. For a brief but excellent account of the role of Southern preachers in the years before and during the Civil War, see James W. Silver, Confederate Morale and Church Propaganda. Richard E. Beringer, Herman Hattaway, Archer Jones, and William N. Still Jr. , Why the South Lost the Civil War, 97.
4. John C. Thompson, In Memoriam, 19.
5. Lloyd Lewis, Myths After Lincoln, 79.
6. As recorded in Charles J. Stewart, A Rhetorical Study of the Reaction of the Protestant Pulpit in the North to Lincoln's Assassination,13.
7. An especially fine Jewish sermon, one which differed markedly from most Protestant sermons, was delivered on April 19 by Rabbi Sobato Morals before the Congregation Mikve Israel in Philadelphia. Contrary to most of the Protestant preachers, Morals exclaimed: "We shared not the intemperate zeal of such who laid against our General-in-Chief the charge of excessive leniency." Again contrary to most Protestant preachers, he urged for moderation in response to the assassination. "Our great Abraham," he emphasized, "would...prefer magnanimity to severity, forgiveness to vengeance" ( An Address, 3, 6).
8. John C. Thompson, In Memoriam, 3.
9. Daniel Rice, The President's Death -- Its Import, 1. Rice used the following texts: 2 Sam. 3:33, 35, 38; Matt. 7:2; Judg. 1:7; 1 Sam. 15:33; Isa. 33:1; Job 5:12-13; Ps. 79:12; Isa. 65:6; and Deut. 32:43.
10. Robert Russell Booth, Personal Forgiveness and Public Justice, 7.
11. Turner, Beware the People Weeping, 51; Robert James Keeling, The Death of Moses, frontispiece; The Terrible Tragedy at Washington: Assassination of President Lincoln, 114.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - A Nation Grieves 1
  • 2 - The Character of Abraham Lincoln 16
  • 3 - Responsibility for the Assassination 41
  • 4 - The Demand for Justice 53
  • 5 - The Assassination As an Act of Providence 66
  • 6 - Sermon Conclusions 79
  • Conclusion 90
  • Appendix 112
  • Notes 139
  • Bibliography 149
  • Index 196
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