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The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Missouri State Archives, located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. The series is underwritten by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.

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Houses Divided: Evangelical Schisms and the Crisis of the Union in Missouri

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 @ 7 p.m.




In his book, Houses Divided: Evangelical Schisms and the Crisis of the Union in Missouri, author Lucas Volkman provides insight into the significance of early- to mid- 19th century rifts initially arising over the moral question of African American bondage. He examines such fractures in the Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches of Missouri, then a slaveholding border state. These ruptures forged antagonistic northern and southern evangelical worldviews that increased antebellum sectarian strife and violence, energized the notorious guerilla conflict that gripped the state through the Civil War and fueled post-war vigilantism between emancipation’s opponents and proponents. Join us as Volkman discusses how the schisms produced the interrelated religious, legal and constitutional controversies that shaped pro- and anti-slavery evangelical contention before 1861, as well as during wartime Radical rule and Reconstruction’s rise and fall.

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