Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-century America

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Indiana University Press, 2001 - History - 268 pages
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"... Ann Braude still speaks powerfully to unique issues of women's creativity-spiritual as well as political-in a superb account of the controversial nineteenth-century Spiritualist movement." --Jon Butler

"Radical Spirits is a vitally important book... [that] has... influenced a generation of young scholars." --Marie Griffith

In Radical Spirits, Ann Braude contends that the early women's rights movement and Spiritualism went hand in hand. Her book makes a convincing argument for the importance of religion in the study of American women's history.

In this new edition, Braude discusses the impact of the book on the scholarship of the last decade and assesses the place of religion in interpretations of women's history in general and the women's rights movement in particular. A review of current scholarship and suggestions for further reading make it even more useful for contemporary teachers and students.

 

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Braude explores America's spiritualist movement in the context of 19th-century social, denominational, and political history. Spiritualism claimed, through contact with the dead, to be a scientific ... Read full review

Contents

My Souls Thraldom and Its Deliverance
1
All Beings
10
The Blessedness of Sinless Childhood in the World Beyond
32
Thine for Agitation
56
The Meaning of Mediumship
82
The Body and Soul Destroying Marriage Institution
117
Mediums versus Medical Men
142
No Organization Can Hold Me
162
The Same Hand that Guided Me Here
192
ABBREVIATIONS
203
REFERENCES
239
INDEX
257
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Ann Braude teaches at the Harvard Divinity School and is co-editor of Roots of Bitterness: Documents in the Social History of American Women.

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