A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City

A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City

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by Maggi Smith-Dalton
     
 

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Salem, Massachusetts, is the quintessential New England town, with its cobbled streets and strong ties to the sea. With the notoriety of the Salem witch trials, the city's reputation has been irrevocably linked to the occult. However, few know the history behind the religion of Spiritualism and the social movement that took root in this romanticized land. At the

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Salem, Massachusetts, is the quintessential New England town, with its cobbled streets and strong ties to the sea. With the notoriety of the Salem witch trials, the city's reputation has been irrevocably linked to the occult. However, few know the history behind the religion of Spiritualism and the social movement that took root in this romanticized land. At the turn of the century, seers, mediums and magnetic healers all hoped to connect to the spiritual world. The popularity of Spiritualism and renewed interest in the occult blossomed out of an attempt to find an intellectual and emotional balance between science and religion. Learn of early converts, the role of the venerable Essex Institute and the psychic legacy of "Moll" Pitcher. Historian Maggi Smith-Dalton delves into Salem's exotic history, unraveling the beginnings of Spiritualism and the rise of the Witch City.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609495510
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,322,429
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Maggi Smith-Dalton is a prize-winning short story writer, and she has written hundreds of feature articles and columns for magazines and newspapers. In 2010 she began writing a weekly history column for the Boston Globe.

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Will Broaddus, Salem News wrote: "In 'A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem,' musician and historian Maggi Smith-Dalton examines the career of this movement in a local context. Her book … is in some ways an intellectual history of Salem in the 19th century....a really interesting book...it focuses so much about American and local culture at that point in time... fascinating. All the information is well marshaled and presented...And who would have guessed spiritualism was an element in Hawthorne and Sophia's relationship…"