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A Communion of ShadowsReligion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Rachel McBride Lindsey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633725

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633725.001.0001

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A New Testament

A New Testament

(p.1) Introduction A New Testament
A Communion of Shadows

Rachel McBride Lindsey

University of North Carolina Press

A Communion of Shadows begins with the story of Private Walter Jones of the 8th New York Calvary, who came to see his Civil War portrait as much more than a photograph: after it saved his life twice, he called it “a Testament.” Lindsey argues that Jones’s reverence for his portrait was not unique; rather, with the emergence of photography, nineteenth-century American religion developed a new, sacred symbolism rooted in materiality. That is, photographs became more than a physical representation of events as they drew on the memory and values of those who beheld them—thereby transforming the meaning of photography for the study of religion.

Keywords:   religion, materiality, photography, cultural relics, Walter Jones, testament, vernacular religion

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