Troy Taylor is the author of more than 100 books on ghosts, hauntings, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder of the American Hauntings Tours and Events.
Ghosts by Gaslight 3: Behind the Curtainby Troy Taylor
The Spiritualist movement, like jazz, was purely an American invention. Although the idea that man was able to communicate with spirits had existed already for centuries, modern belief in such a practice came about in March 1848 in Hydesville, New York. The movement, which would come to be known as Spiritualism, would remain strong for
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GHOSTS BY GASLIGHT SERIES
The Spiritualist movement, like jazz, was purely an American invention. Although the idea that man was able to communicate with spirits had existed already for centuries, modern belief in such a practice came about in March 1848 in Hydesville, New York. The movement, which would come to be known as Spiritualism, would remain strong for nearly a century, enjoying its greatest revival after the Civil War. The practice was founded on the belief that life existed after death and that the spirit existed beyond the body. Most importantly, it was believed that these spirits could --- and did --- communicate with the living. Troy Taylor's GHOSTS BY GASLIGHT series takes a in-depth look at the history of Spiritualism, those who practiced it -- and the scientists, magicians and researchers who investigated the claims of those who said that the dead still walked among us. For everyone who has ever read a ghost book or watched a paranormal television show, the dawn of the Spiritualist movement is where it all began! To truly understand the history of ghost research, we have to look back to its beginnings. It has been said that if we do not understand our history, we can never learn from it, so we invite anyone with a passion for ghost research to discover where the field truly got its start.
BOOK 3: BEHIND THE CURTAIN
WOMEN IN THE SÉANCE ROOM
The latest entry in Troy Taylor’s GHOSTS BY GASLIGHT series reveals the deep spiritual connections behind the emerging women’s rights movement of the middle nineteenth century and the rise in interest in Spiritualism and communication with the dead. At a time when women were considered second-class citizens and literally the property of their husband, women in the Spiritualist movement were becoming business and religious leaders, changing public opinion and offering advice to the most powerful men in history—even the president of the United States. The author pulls aside the curtain and reveals some of the most influential women in Spiritualism, from the popular trance speakers of the 1800s, to women like Florence Cook and her spirit guide, the mysterious Katie King; Eusapia Palladino and even Pearl Curran, who channeled the intriguing spirit of Patience Worth. This is another compelling look at another largely unknown facet of American history and it’s sure to please anyone with an interest in ghosts and the supernatural – don’t miss it!
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