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 Read more…

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Plastic Shamans and Spiritual Hucksters: A History of Peddling and Protecting Native American Spirituality

In the late 20th century, white Americans flocked to New Age spirituality, collecting crystals, hugging trees, and finding their places in the great Medicine Wheel. Many didn’t realize – or didn’t care – that much of this spirituality was based on the spiritual faiths and practices of Native American tribes. Read more…

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Julia’s Bureau: The Temperance Virtuoso, the Father of Journalism, and Life after Death in the Spiritualist Anglo-Atlantic

 For three years before his untimely death on the Titanic, British newspaper man W. T. Stead gathered the bereaved and curious in a room in Cambridge House so they could communicate with the dead. Several psychics, including the blind medium Cecil Husk and materialization medium J. B. Jonson, worked these Read more…