Other Powers The Age of Suffrage Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull eBook ¸ Paperback â Barbara Goldsmith

Barbara Goldsmith × Other Powers The Age of Suffrage Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull ePub

Other Powers The Age of Suffrage Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull eBook ¸ Paperback â Barbara Goldsmith â Barbara Goldsmith's portrait of suffragette Victoria Woodhull and her times was hailed by George Plimpton as a beautifully writBarbara Goldsmith's portrait of suffragette Victoria Woodhull and her times was hailed by George Plimpton as a beautifully written biography of a remarkable woman and by Gloria Steinem as memorable than a dozen histories A highly readable combination of history and biography Other Powers interviews the stories of some of the most colorful social political and I've read this book twice because I enjoyed it so much I would say it is a history book than a biography although I put it in both categories Victoria Woodhull appears throughout the book but the main focus is on the suffrage and spiritualism movements You become acuainted with other personalities that are important in this period in history such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton Susan B Anthony Henry Ward Beecher Harriot Beecher Stowe among others Definitely a good choice if you're interested in this period in American History or women's issuesOf particular interest to me is the history of women's suffrage in the United States Although women spoke out for their rights prior to 1848 many mark the Seneca Falls Woman's Convention as the beginning of the fight for women's suffrage It took 70 long years and only one of the signers of the Declaration of Sentiments at the convention lived to see the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920The people involved in the suffrage movement were often involved in other reform movements such as abolition and temperance and were very diverse This created conflicts of both personality and conscience making for a very interesting read

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Religious figures of America's Victorian era with the courageous and notorious life of Victoria Woodhull psychic suffragette publisher presidential candidate and self confessed practitioner of free love It is set amid the battle for women's suffrage the Spiritualist movement that swept across the nation in the age of Radical Reconstruction following the Civi I had a real problem with this book In the introduction the author tells us that while the records concerning many of the events she depicts were sketchy contradictory and supremely suspect she assures us that the reality she depicts was verified through letters documents etc though these these are never footnotedBut the text often depicts speculation as fact At one point Goldsmith tells us that Tennessee Claflin resented being used by her father to defraud people rather than using the spiritual gifts she in fact had Does Goldsmith honestly feel these sisters had special gifts? Is she claiming to have verified this?Given that Woodhull and the Claflins were all prodigious liars it's imperative for their biographer to be able to determine if not fact from fiction at least the reasonably likely from nonsense

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Other Powers The Age of Suffrage Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria WoodhullL War and the bitter fight that pitted black men against white women in the struggle for the right to votePeter Gay found Other Powers Irresistiblethis is a biography guaranteed to keep the reader reading And Gloria Steinem called it A real life novel of how one charismatic womanturned women's suffrage the church New York City and much of the country on its e This is a well researched book that focuses on an interesting gap many really in history You really don't hear about significant figures in history also being in to spiritualism And the dramas and intrigues People think events today are outrageous It's just history repeating itself IMHO people should read histories and old newspapers if only to realize that that adage is so true Anyway I had not heard of Victoria Woodhull and it was interesting to read about her very liberal in her thinking about marriage for her time As the first women to run for president you'd think we'd have heard about her This is a bit lengthy and definitely a history book so it'll take a while to get through but a worthy read if you're interested in this part of history or want to hear about important characters at that time