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Emily Suzanne Clark - Author

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Race and New Religious Movements in the USA A Documentary Reader

Race and New Religious Movements in the USA A Documentary Reader

Author: Emily Suzanne Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Organized in chronological order of the founding of each movement, this documentary reader brings to life new religious movements from the 18th century to the present. It provides students with the tools to understand questions of race, religion, and American religious history. Movements covered include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), the Native American Church, the Moorish Science Temple, the Nation of Islam, and more. The voices included come from both men and women. Each chapter focuses on a different new religious movement and features: - an introduction to the movement, including the context of its founding - two to four primary source documents about or from the movement - suggestions for further reading.

Race and New Religious Movements in the USA A Documentary Reader

Race and New Religious Movements in the USA A Documentary Reader

Author: Emily Suzanne Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Organized in chronological order of the founding of each movement, this documentary reader brings to life new religious movements from the 18th century to the present. It provides students with the tools to understand questions of race, religion, and American religious history. Movements covered include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), the Native American Church, the Moorish Science Temple, the Nation of Islam, and more. The voices included come from both men and women. Each chapter focuses on a different new religious movement and features: - an introduction to the movement, including the context of its founding - two to four primary source documents about or from the movement - suggestions for further reading.

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

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

Author: Emily Suzanne Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2018

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 suffered increasingly restrictive laws and then met with violent resistance to suffrage and racial equality. Drawing on fascinating records of actual seance practices, the lives of the mediums, and larger citywide and national contexts, Clark reveals how the messages that the Cercle received from the spirit world offered its members rich religious experiences as well as a forum for political activism inspired by republican ideals. Messages from departed souls including Francois Rabelais, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Robert E. Lee, Emanuel Swedenborg, and even Confucius discussed government structures, the moral progress of humanity, and equality. The Afro-Creole Spiritualists were encouraged to continue struggling for justice in a new world where bright spirits would replace raced bodies.

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

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

Author: Emily Suzanne Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2016

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 theCivil War to the end of Reconstruction. In this first comprehensive historyof the Cercle, Emily Suzanne Clark illuminates how highly diverse religiouspractices 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 freeblacks suffered increasingly restrictive laws and then met with violent resistanceto suffrage and racial equality. Drawing on fascinating records of actual seance practices, the lives of themediums, and larger citywide and national contexts, Clark reveals how themessages that the Cercle received from the spirit world offered its membersrich religious experiences as well as a forum for political activism inspired byrepublican ideals. Messages from departed souls including Francois Rabelais,Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Robert E. Lee, Emanuel Swedenborg, andeven Confucius discussed government structures, the moral progress ofhumanity, and equality. The Afro-Creole Spiritualists were encouraged tocontinue struggling for justice in a new world where bright spirits wouldreplace raced bodies.