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Averill Earls, Sarah Handley-Cousins, Marissa Rhodes, and Elizabeth Garner Masarik, Spiritualism’s Place: Reformers, Seekers, and Seances in Lily Dale (Cornell University Press/Three Hills, 2024) Related episodes: Elizabeth Garner Masarik, The Sentimental State: How Women-Led Reform Built the American Welfare State, (University of Georgia Press, 2024). Related Episodes: Sarah Handley-Cousins, Bodies […]

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How the Homophile Movement Could Have Been Intersectional and Antiracist, But Wasn’t: Magnus Hirschfeld and Li Shui Tong’s Love and Loss Story

In spring 1931, Li Shui Tong met Magnus Hirschfeld when the latter was giving a public lecture in Shanghai. Li was a medical student with a deep–and vested–interest in the exciting new field of sexology. Hirschfeld’s work and ideas would go on to shape modern ideas about “homosexuality” in clear […]

Ghosting the Patriarchy: Spiritualism and the Nineteenth-Century Women’s Rights Movement

Today we are exploring the close association of Spiritualism and the women’s rights movement of the nineteenth century. Transcription for: Ghosting the Patriarchy: Spiritualism and the Nineteenth-Century Women’s Rights Movement Elizabeth: In 1898 at the annual meeting of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in Washington, D.C. the suffrage movement […]