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By Emily Suzanne Clark

in the middle of a nineteenth-century increase in religious experimentation, the Cercle Harmonique, a extraordinary crew of African-descended males, practiced Spiritualism in seriously Catholic New Orleans from previous to the Civil warfare to the top of Reconstruction. during this first complete historical past of the Cercle, Emily Suzanne Clark illuminates how hugely varied non secular practices wind in major methods via American existence, tradition, and heritage. Clark indicates that the ideals and practices of Spiritualism helped Afro-Creoles mediate the political and social alterations 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 interesting files 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 individuals wealthy non secular reviews in addition to a discussion board for political activism encouraged by means 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 buildings, 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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