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Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New OrleansThe Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey$
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Melissa Daggett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810083

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810083.001.0001

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Stormy Days in Louisiana

Stormy Days in Louisiana

(p.78) Chapter 5 Stormy Days in Louisiana
Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Melissa Daggett

University Press of Mississippi

The chapter opens with the arrival of a celebrated Spiritualist from the North, Cora L. V. Hatch Daniels, who has traveled with her baby girl and Colonel Nathan Daniels to New Orleans. Daniels–formerly an officer with the Native Guard, now a federal register–had many social and political connections with the black Creoles. The young family’s sojourn ends tragically. The Afro-Creoles make notable social and political advances, including admittance to French Freemasonry’s affiliates and equal access to public schools. Chaotic postbellum politics switches into high gear under the carpetbagger administration of Governor Warmoth. Henry Rey’s séance circle enters its heyday, and the chapter delves into the topics of the spiritual communications and the popular messengers, especially venerated Catholic Church leaders. The passing of Valmour in 1869 and Lieutenant Governor Oscar Dunn in 1872 are discussed. The chapter ends with Rey being appointed to the lucrative position of Third District Assessor.

Keywords:   Cora Hatch, Valmour, Oscar Dunn, Carpetbagger, postbellum

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