Ph.D., Rice University, 2009
Luke Harlow is a historian of slavery and abolition, race, and religion in nineteenth-century America. He is completing a book manuscript, Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 1830–1880, that examines the role of religious debates over slavery in the politics and collective identity of white American southerners before, during, and after the American Civil War. Through a study of Kentucky—a Unionist border slave state that embraced the Confederacy after the fact—Harlow contends that proslavery theological arguments were formulated before the war as the result of longstanding debate with abolitionists and gradual emancipationists in their midst. Those arguments were recast in the post-slavery era as justifications for Jim Crow segregation and as sources of neo-Confederate identity.
American Civil War and Reconstruction, Antebellum U.S., American Religion, American South