If you are Twitter follower you might have seen my tweet on Tuesday, “Working title: Everything is to be Shaken that can be Shaken: Slavery, Seventh-day Adventists, and the Civil War….not sure, still thinking”. As I am now winding down my second Masters degree it is time to write a thesis and this is the topic I’ve been thinking about for quite some time now. The collection of books you see in the picture above is just a little bit of background material related either religion and the Civil War, or Adventist founders/Adventist movement. (And yes, you’ll note that I use the Dewey Decimal system to keep track of books that have made it into my permanent library – by the end of this project they will all probably be so marked.)
Some years ago I was interviewed for the documentary WAR IN HEAVEN, WAR ON EARTH: The Birth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church During the American Civil War which I blogged about on USHistoryfiles here. It was an excellent experience and I’ve long thought of doing a written study of the intersection of the church, slavery, and the war. This promises to be an interesting project and I am curious to see where this leads as these types of things often don’t end up where you think that they will.