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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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Windows of the Soul

Windows of the Soul

(p.95) Chapter 6 Windows of the Soul
Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Melissa Daggett

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter summarizes the first twenty-five years of Spiritualism on a national level. The Banner of Light continues to be the premier Spiritualist newspaper, and Fanny Conant’s column, “The Messenger,” is profiled. The column was composed of responses to the families and friends of fallen soldiers, both Confederate and Union, who were denied the “good death.” This chapter also discusses the Anglo séance circles in New Orleans and their nocturnal paranormal events, such as rappings, apparitions, tipping tables and slate writing. The tradition of Spiritualist lectures continued at new venues such as Minerva Hall. James Peebles, the Spiritual Pilgrim, spent two winters in New Orleans lecturing and invoking his favorite spiritual guide, Black Hawk. The chief later become the favorite guide of the eclectic twentieth-century Spiritual churches. By the mid-1870s, the fabric of Spiritualism became frayed, faded, and torn apart by relentless truth seekers and their convicted multitudes.

Keywords:   paranormal, apparitions, James Peebles, Black Hawk, good death

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