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Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey

Melissa Daggett


The advent of Modern American Spiritualism took place in the 1850s and continued as a viable faith into the 1870s. Because of its diversity and openness to new cultures and religions, New Orleans provided fertile ground to nurture Spiritualism, and many séance circles flourished in the Faubourgs Tremé and Marigny as well as the American sector of the city. This book focuses on Le Cercle Harmonique, the francophone séance circle of Henry Louis Rey, a Creole of color who was a key civil rights activist, author, and Civil War and Reconstruction leader. His life has remained largely in the shadows ... More

Keywords: Spiritualism, Henry Louis Rey, New Orleans, Reconstruction, Creoles of color

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496810083
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496810083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Daggett, author
San Jacinto College