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Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Emily Suzanne Clark


In the midst of a nineteenth-century boom in spiritual experimentation, the Cercle Harmonique, a remarkable group of African-descended men, practiced Spiritualism in heavily Catholic New Orleans from just before the Civil War to the end of Reconstruction. In this first comprehensive history of the Cercle, Emily Suzanne Clark illuminates how highly diverse religious practices wind in significant ways through American life, culture, and history. Clark shows that the beliefs and practices of Spiritualism helped Afro-Creoles mediate the political and social changes in New Orleans, as free blacks s ... More

Keywords: African American Religion, Spiritualism, New Orleans, Reconstruction, Civil War In The South, Atlantic World, Southern Religion, 19th-Century Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469628783
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Suzanne Clark, author