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A Communion of Shadows: Religion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America

Rachel McBride Lindsey


When the revolutionary technology of photography erupted in American culture in 1839, it swiftly became, in the day’s parlance, a “mania.” This richly illustrated book positions vernacular photography at the center of the study of nineteenth-century American religious life. As an empirical tool, photography captured many of the signal scenes of American life, from the gold rush to the bloody battlefields of the Civil War. But photographs did not simply display neutral records of people, places, and things; rather, commonplace photographs became inscribed with spiritual meaning, disclosing, not ... More

Keywords: American religion, Photography, Material culture, Visual studies, Lived religion, Cultural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469633725
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel McBride Lindsey, author
Saint Louis University