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Spiritualism in Antebellum America : Religion in North America - Bret  E. Carroll

Spiritualism in Antebellum America

Religion in North America

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Published: 22nd October 1997
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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.

forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
American Spiritualism and the Swedenborgian Orderp. 16
Spiritualist Republicanismp. 35
The Structure of the Spirit Worldp. 60
The Ministry of Spiritsp. 85
The Structure of Spiritualist Practicep. 120
The Structure of Spiritualist Societyp. 152
Conclusionp. 177
Notesp. 181
Selected Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780253333155
ISBN-10: 0253333156
Series: Religion in North America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 22nd October 1997
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.49