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Slavery and Lutheranism in America.

Luths. in Am. were in gen. opposed to slavery, but some owned slaves. The Franckean* Syn. was the 1st to adopt antislavery resolutions (1837). The Eng. Dist. Syn. of Ohio, Alleghany Syn., and Pittsburgh Syn. adopted similar resolutions in the 1840s, the Wittenberg Syn. and the Northern Indiana Syn. in the 1850s. See also General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States of America, The, 4.

Disagreement over the slavery question in the Mo. Syn. was comparatively slight. The other syns., whose congs. were concentrated in N states, gen. opposed slavery and were not adversely affected by the issues. Northern and southern Luths. were reunited 1918 in United* Luth. Ch. in Am. ARS

C. W. Heathcote, The Lutheran Church and the Civil War (New York, 1919).

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