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


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University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date
September 26, 2016
6.15 X 0.91 X 9.64 inches | 1.21 pounds
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About the Author

Emily Suzanne Clark is associate professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University.


Adds to the historiography by detailing the work of [the Cercle Harmonique].--American Historical Review

Will appeal to scholars of American race, religion, and Reconstruction and other dedicated readers interested in unusual and creative responses to the experience of being southern and black in the aftermath of the Civil War.--Publishers Weekly

Aims to contextualize the Brotherhood historically, socially, and politically in ways that are informative and thought provoking not only to historians and scholars in religious studies, but across different disciplines. . . . An enormous contribution to an area of scholarship long identified as having been under-researched.--Reading Religion

An original accomplishment that highlights how racial politics in post-Civil War New Orleans shaped nineteenth-century seances. . . . Contributes substantially to the study of American Spiritualism within the history of American racisim.--Journal of Southern Religion

A smart, creative, fun, thought-provoking read. Highly recommended.--Choice

Gives valuable insight into Afro-Creole thought in Louisiana.--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Broadens our understanding of the complex ways that African Americans interpreted their experiences in the shattered hopes of the post-Emancipation decades.--Reviews in American History

Has provided a significant study of a nonwhite and non-Anglo-American spiritualist subculture.--The Journal of American History

An excellent and versatile contribution to the fields of nineteenth-century race, religion, and social history that will prove useful for graduate and upper level undergraduate courses.--The Journal of Southern History