1860. Eleven Journals, 1860-1870. All printed in North Carolina, with the following imprints: 1860-1864, Fayetteville [by Hale]; 1865, Raleigh [Gorman]; 1866-1868 & 1870, Fayetteville; 1869, Raleigh [Littlefield]. Each Journal @60-128 pp. Bound together in later buckram. First editions, scattered fox and tan, none with original wrappers. Light scattered wear, corner repairs to several leaves of the 1864 Journal. Good+.
A continuous run of these Journals encompassing North Carolina's most fateful decade, including four Confederate imprints. They are a rare, rich primary source of information on the sundering of the Church by Civil War; the role of the Church under wartime government; adaptations by the Clergy to the revolutionary circumstances; post-War reunification; and religious instruction of slaves and freedmen.
Emancipation has resulted, "as regards the colored man," in the "rapid and almost universal deterioration in his moral condition." Thus the Church must take "bold, decisive, and definite action in his behalf" in order to "elevate his character." The Journals are a window on contemporary attitudes toward the momentous changes that occurred during the decade.
FIRST EDITIONS. Parrish & Willingham 9191, 9192, 9193, 9194. Thornton 11214. Item #24372