280 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2878-3
Published: September 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2879-0
Published: August 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4565-0
Published: August 2018
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Awards & distinctions
2017 Francis B. Simkins Award, Southern Historical Association
Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award, Gulf South Historical Association
A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2017
Drawing on fascinating records of actual séance practices, the lives of the mediums, and larger citywide and national contexts, Clark reveals how the messages that the Cercle received from the spirit world offered its members rich religious experiences as well as a forum for political activism inspired by republican ideals. Messages from departed souls including François Rabelais, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Robert E. Lee, Emanuel Swedenborg, and even Confucius discussed government structures, the moral progress of humanity, and equality. The Afro-Creole Spiritualists were encouraged to continue struggling for justice in a new world where “bright” spirits would replace raced bodies.
About the Author
Emily Suzanne Clark is associate professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University.
For more information about Emily Suzanne Clark, visit the Author Page.