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09.12.01 Macaulay, John A., Unitarianism in the Antebellum South: The Other Invisible Institution, published in 2001 by the University of Alabama Press

Notes Concerning the Author.

John A. Macaulay is an independent scholar educated at Erskine  College, Duke University Divinity School, and the University of South Carolina.  At USC he was a student of Dr. Clyde N. Wilson who, among many endeavors in his now-retired life, is Director of Historical Review for The Society of Independent Southern Historians.


Unitarianism in the Antibellum South: The Other Invisible Institution, “a combination of theological interpretation, historiography, group biography, and regional cultural history, is an examination of southern Unitarianism in [what would become] the Confederate States, in terms of its origins, its struggles to survive, and its eventual decline near the end of the antebellum era.  As such this book somewhat belies its own title by demonstrating that [Southern] Unitarianism was anything but ‘invisible’ in important urban areas of the South, such as Charleston,” South Carolina.  [Quoted from Georgia Historical Quarterly]

“John Macaulay sculpts the southern face of antebellum American Unitarianism with clarity, empathy, and discernment. Macaulay’s almost startling portrait resurrects one of the South’s most elusive, intriguing spiritual groups even as it illustrates Unitarianism’s unexpected adaptability in the South and the region’s intriguing spiritual diversity. This is a subtle, superbly researched, engagingly written book that rejuvenates a fascinating chapter of pre-Civil War southern history.”  [The review by Jon Butler, Yale University]

Availability of this Book.

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