Index
Abolitionism: black, 257–58 n.19; con-
ception of freedom, 28–30, 204;
convergence with hygienic reform,
68–77, 81–82, 95–100; Douglass
and, 54–55, 60–61; Emerson and,
31–33, 257 n.14, 269 n.33, 270 nn.43
and 45; spiritualism and, 151–52,
159–68, 174–83, 187–92, 290–91
n.20, 297 n.83. See also Antislavery
literature
Abstraction: and black citizens, 215–16,
245–46; and body politic, 62–63;
citizenship as, 16–18, 22–23, 52, 54,
149, 214–16; critiques of, 8–10, 30–
31; and equality, 166; freedom as,
31–32, 34, 38–39, 46, 50, 55, 58, 183–
86; as nation-state imperative, 4–7,
239; and personhood, 15, 28, 47,
90, 157, 192; public sphere and, 14,
103–4, 118, 222; spiritualist aspects,
132–34, 151
Adams, John, 26
AIDS quilt, 3, 251 n.5
African American spiritual beliefs:
and Jacobs, 196–99, 203; tensions
with white spiritualism, 9, 152–53,
159–62, 196, 291 nn.22 and 23, 297
n.85
Agnes Morris (Gove), 94
Agnes; or, the Possessed, a Revelation of
Mesmerism (Arthur), 112, 123–24,
128, 130, 283 n.51
Alcott, William, 68, 75, 266 n.16, 270
n.42; The House I Live In; or the
Human Body, 94–95
Althusser, Louis, 12–13, 205
American Citizenship (Brewer), 228,
230, 235
American Dictionary of the English
Language (Webster), 25–29, 54
American Nervousness (Beard), 101
American Studies, 21. See also Interdis-
ciplinarity
Ammons, Elizabeth, 243, 306 n.67
Amnesia: condition of freedom and
democracy, xiii, 55–56, 59–60, 77; as
an effect of citizenship and national
belonging, 3, 114, 144, 209, 212, 230;
of Indian removal and genocide,
35; of material privilege, 202; pro-
duced by psychic and paranormal
investigations, 102, 104, 119–21, 130,
139–40, 148, 186, 195–97
Andrews, William, 40
Animal magnetism. See Mesmerism
Animal Magnetism in New England
(Poyen), 16, 112, 123, 126–27, 143,
193, 203; and Caribbean spirit-
possession, 161–65, 184, 186–87
Anti-Semitism, 58–59, 146, 262–63
n.62
Antislavery literature: fantasies of dead
slaves, 19, 40–42, 57, 128; notions of
freedom, 28, 34–36, 58
Apophasis, 202, 297 n.86
Appadurai, Arjun, 237
Ariès, Philippe, 5, 15
Armstrong, Lucy, 247–48
Arthur, T. S., 112, 123–24, 128, 130, 283
n.51
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