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Free Spirits – Spiritualism, Republicanism, and Radicalism in the Civil War Era - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Free Spirits: Spiritualism, Republicanism, and Radicalism in the Civil War Era

Mark A Lause


Often dismissed as a nineteenth-century curiosity, spiritualism influenced the radical social and political movements of its time. Believers filled the ranks of the Free Democrats, agitated for land and monetary reform, fought for abolition, and held egalitarian leanings that found powerful expression in campaigns for gender and racial equality. This book considers spiritualism as a political and cultural force in Civil War-era America. It reveals the scope, spread, and influence of the movement, both in its links to reformist causes and its ability to amplify previously marginalized voices. R ... More

Keywords: spiritualism, monetary reform, land reform, abolition, gender equality, racial equality, Civil War, radicalism, Native Americans, spiritualists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040306
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark A Lause, author
Univ. of Cincinnati