A Short Biography of Lewis Henry Morgan <i>with Curious Asides on the</i> Affect of Spirituality & the Emergence <i>of</i> Anthropological Comprehension

in Secularism in Antebellum America

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226533230
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226533254 | DOI:
A Short Biography of Lewis Henry Morgan with Curious Asides on the Affect of Spirituality & the Emergence of Anthropological Comprehension

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This chapter examines the life of Lewis Henry Morgan in the context of secularism in antebellum America. It explains that Morgan's intersected with evangelical revivalism and séance spiritualism and that he distanced himself from the formalities of religion choosing to describes his own scientific pursuits in the language of spirit and spirituality. This chapter also highlights the contribution of Morgan to the culture concept, a key term of anthropological comprehension.

Keywords: Lewis Henry Morgan; secularism; antebellum America; evangelical revivalism; séance spiritualism; religion; spirituality; culture concept; anthropological comprehension

Chapter.  23105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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