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By Emily Suzanne Clark

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ISBN-10: 1469645653

ISBN-13: 9781469645650

in the course of a nineteenth-century growth in religious experimentation, the Cercle Harmonique, a amazing team of African-descended males, practiced Spiritualism in seriously Catholic New Orleans from previous to the Civil struggle to the tip of Reconstruction. during this first entire heritage of the Cercle, Emily Suzanne Clark illuminates how hugely different spiritual practices wind in major methods via American lifestyles, tradition, and background. Clark indicates that the ideals and practices of Spiritualism helped Afro-Creoles mediate the political and social adjustments in New Orleans, as loose blacks suffered more and more restrictive legislation after which met with violent resistance to suffrage and racial equality.

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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