Edward J. Blum

Edward Blum

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Ph.D., History, University of Kentucky (2003)

M.A., History, University of Kentucky (2001)

B.A., History, University of Michigan (1999)

Edward J. Blum is professor in the History Department at San Diego State University. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He is the author and co-author of several books on United States history, including War is All Hell: The Nature of Evil and the Civil War (2021), Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898 (2005; reissued 2015), W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet (2007), and The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (2012). Blum is the winner of numerous awards including the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities, and the John T. Hubbell Prize for best article published in Civil War History in 2015.


Edward J. Blum and John Matsui, War is All Hell: The Nature of Evil and the Civil War (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021)  

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

Edward J. Blum, W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007) 

Edward J. Blum. Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898 (Louisiana State University Press, 2005)

Edited Volumes

Elizabeth Cobbs and Edward J. Blum, eds. Major Problems in American History (Boston: Cengage Learnings, 2017).

Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum, eds. The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History (Columbia University Press, 2012)

Edward J. Blum and Jason R. Young, eds. The Souls of W. E. B. Du Bois: New Essays and Reflections (Mercer University Press, 2009)

Edward J. Blum and W. Scott Poole, Vale of Tears: New Essays in Religion and Reconstruction (Mercer University Press, 2005)

Journal Articles

With Freeden Blume Oeur, “Sociology of Religion and the Black Church,” in The Oxford Handbook of W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford University Press, 2022)

“Uncle Tom’s Bibles: Bibles as Visual and Material Objects from Antebellum Abolitionism to Jim Crow Cinema,” MAVCOR Journal, 3, no. 2. Special Issue: Material and Visual Cultures of Religion in the American South. 2019.

“‘It is true in more senses than one, that slavery rests upon hell!’: Embodiment, Experience, and

Evil in African American Discussions of Slavery and Slaveholders,” Journal of Religion, 97, no. 3 (July 2017): 301-322.

“The Kingdom of Satan in America: Weaving the Wicked Web of Antebellum Religion and Politics,” Common-Place, 15, no. 3 (Spring 2015).

“‘The First Secessionist Was Satan’: Secession and the Politics of Evil in Civil War America,” Civil War History, 60, no. 3 (September 2014): 234-269.

“‘By the Sweat of Your Brow’: The Knights of Labor, the Book of Genesis, and the Christian Spirit of the Gilded Age,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the America, 11, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 29-34.

“‘Look, Baby, We Got Jesus on Our Flag’: Robust Democracy and Religious Debate from the Era of Slavery to the Age of Obama,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, special edition on “Race, Religion, and Late Democracy,” 637 (September 2011): 17-37.

“The Contact of Living Souls: Interracial Friendship, Faith, and African American Memories of Slavery and Freedom,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, 3, no. 1 (2009): 89-110.

“‘Paul Has Been Forgotten’: Women, Gender, and Revivalism during the Gilded Age,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 3, no. 3 (July 2004): 247-270.

“The Crucible of Disease: Trauma, Memory, and National Reconciliation during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878,” The Journal of Southern History, 69, no. 4 (November 2003): 791-820.

Book Chapters

“The Changing Face of Jesus,” in Laetitia Barbier, Jesus Now: Art + Pop Culture (Cernunnos, 2021): 22-25.

“Slaves, Slavery, and the Secular Age: Or, Tales of Haunted Scholars, Liberating Prisons, Exorcised Divinities, and Immanent Devils,” in Jonathon S. Kahn and Vincent W. Lloyd, eds., Race and Secularism in America (New York: The Columbia University Press, 2016): 77-98.

“Slavery and Religion in (Not Just) a Christian Nation,” in Matthew Avery Sutton and Darren Dochuck eds. Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016): 25-42.

“‘A Third Force’: The Civil Rights Ministry of Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.,” in Julian Zelizer, Bruce Schulman, and Andrew Preston, eds., Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in the Twentieth-Century United States (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014): 82-100.

“God in Crisis: Race, Class, and Religion in the Harlem Renaissance,” in Amy Helene Kirschke and Phillip Luke Sinitiere, editors, Protest and Propaganda: W. E. B. Du Bois, The Crisis, and American History (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2013), 173-189.

“‘To Doubt This Would Be To Doubt God’: Reconstruction and the Decline of Providential Confidence,” in Ben Wright and Zachary W. Dresser, eds., Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013), 217-252.

“Beyond Body Counts: Sex, Individualism, and the Segregated Shape of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism,” in J. Russell Hawkins and Phillip Luke Sinitiere, eds., Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 156-172.

“‘I Have Seen Miracles in My Life’: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Religious Limits of Secularism,” in Vincent W. Lloyd and Elliot Ratzman, eds., Secular Faith (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010): 102-125.

“A Subversive Savior: Manhood and African American Images of Christ in the Early Twentieth-Century South,” in Craig T. Friend, ed., Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009): 150-173.