By Emily Suzanne Clark
Drawing on attention-grabbing documents of exact seance practices, the lives of the mediums, and bigger citywide and nationwide contexts, Clark finds how the messages that the Cercle got from the spirit global provided its participants wealthy spiritual reviews in addition to a discussion board for political activism encouraged by way of republican beliefs. Messages from departed souls together with Francois Rabelais, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Robert E. Lee, Emanuel Swedenborg, or even Confucius mentioned govt constructions, the ethical development of humanity, and equality. The Afro-Creole Spiritualists have been inspired to proceed suffering for justice in a brand new global the place "bright" spirits could substitute raced bodies.
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