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Ghosts in Antebellum America (RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY)

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John Turner

I just finished reading two books about ghosts. Well, not mostly about ghosts, but they both had lots of ghosts in them.

John Lardas Modern's Secularism in Antebellum America is a remarkable, and remarkably complex, book. It has a subtitle (perhaps not quite the right term) befitting an antebellum publication, and the final four pages make for quite a climax.

Ghosts abound in Modern's book. Moby-Dick haunts not just Captain Ahab, but antebellum Americans who struggled to understand the connections between themselves, society, and the supernatural. Various forces apparently beyond human control loom over the horizon.

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