Free Spirits.

By: Lause, Mark AMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: University of Illinois Press, 2016Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0252098560; 9780252098567Additional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 133.90973/09034 LOC classification: BF1242.U6 | L38 2016Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
America's 1848: Republican spirits in revolt -- The soul of a republic -- Free Democrats to the Republicans: radical spiritualists and the antislavery insurgency -- The mystical union: the Republican medium of the national destiny -- Father Abraham: president Lincoln and the spirit of the Union -- The promise of a republic -- Liberty: toward a rational spirit of freedom -- Equality: race and gender -- Fraternity: reconstructing a movement and the nation -- Long shadows: the legacies of Civil War-era spiritualism.
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America's 1848: Republican spirits in revolt -- The soul of a republic -- Free Democrats to the Republicans: radical spiritualists and the antislavery insurgency -- The mystical union: the Republican medium of the national destiny -- Father Abraham: president Lincoln and the spirit of the Union -- The promise of a republic -- Liberty: toward a rational spirit of freedom -- Equality: race and gender -- Fraternity: reconstructing a movement and the nation -- Long shadows: the legacies of Civil War-era spiritualism.

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In his latest work addressing the Civil War era, historian Lause (Univ. of Cincinnati) turns his attention to a little studied topic--spiritualism. The author contends that during this period, spiritualism grew from diverse roots into a formidable, if only somewhat unified, force that saw spiritualists shape the era's radical political and social reform movements. Accordingly, it was their belief in a pure spiritual realm and their ability to interact with that sphere for the benefit of their own flawed world that caused their ranks to swell and their work succeed through the Civil War years. Peacetime, however, saw spiritualism recede. Calling on an impressive range of sources including weekly journals, essays, letters, and various organizational reports, Lause clearly demonstrates the wealth of evidence supporting the influence of spiritualists. Unfortunately, however, it remains unclear whether these activities sprang primarily from spiritualist beliefs, or rather from an already progressive worldview that accommodated the ambiguities of spiritualism. In the end, this lingering question should not detract from Lause's work, as it reveals the significance of spiritualists for the period and warrants further study of an overlooked phenomenon. Summing Up: Recommended. Most academic libraries. --William Harrison Taylor, Alabama State University

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Mark A. Lause is a professor of American history at the University of Cincinnati and the author of numerous books, including Free Labor: The Civil War and the Making of an American Working Class; A Secret Society History of the Civil War; Price's Lost Campaign: The 1864 Invasion of Missouri ; and Race and Radicalism in the Union Army .

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