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Spiritualism In Antebellum America
     

Spiritualism In Antebellum America

by Bret E. Carroll, Brett Carroll
 

"At a time when the New Age movement is starting to make good on the Spiritualists' vision of America as a 'grand clairvoyant nation', Carroll's work raises provocative questions about the tension betwen freedom and authority in the harmonial religions of today." —Church History

"... offers the most comprehensive, sane examination of its topic yet available,

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"At a time when the New Age movement is starting to make good on the Spiritualists' vision of America as a 'grand clairvoyant nation', Carroll's work raises provocative questions about the tension betwen freedom and authority in the harmonial religions of today." —Church History

"... offers the most comprehensive, sane examination of its topic yet available, no mean achievement for a subject long afflicted by religious partisanship and now perhaps in danger of sympathetic attraction." —Journal of American History

"... fascinating reading it will be for those with a taste for good scholarly writing and a love of the American past and the manifold varieties of the spiritual quest." —The Quest

"In addition to being an excellent introduction to mid-19th-century Spiritualism, Carroll’s work also offers scholars a new vantage point from which to view the religious creativity that was so prominent in antebellum America in general." — Choice

During the decade before the Civil War, a growing number of Americans gathered around tables in dimly lit rooms, joined hands, and sought enlightening contact with spirits. The result was Spiritualism, a distinctly colorful religious ideology centered on spirit communication and spirit activity. Spiritualism in Antebellum America analyzes the attempt by spiritually restless Americans of the 1840s and 1850s to negotiate a satisfying combination of freedom and authority as they sought a sense of harmony with the universe.

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Quest
. . . fascinating reading it will be for those with a taste for good cholarly writing and a love of the American past and the manifold varieties of the spiritual quest.
Booknews
Explores the origins, beliefs, practices, and significance of Spiritualism, a colorful religious ideology centered on spirit communication and spirit activity. Looks at Spiritualism as a reflection of and a reaction to many currents in antebellum American life, such as democratic conceptions of religious authority, the revolt against religious formalism, the growing power of science, and the rise of commercial capitalism. Includes b&w illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Choice
"In addition to being an excellent introduction to mid-19th-century Spiritualism, Carroll's work also offers scholars a new vantage point from which to view the religious creativity that was so prominent in antebellum America in general."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253333155
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Series:
Religion in North America Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile:
1630L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Bret E. Carroll is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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