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by Barbara Goldsmith

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Author:
Barbara Goldsmith
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978-0060953324
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0060953322
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Harper Perennial; 1st edition (March 24, 1999)
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Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism . Barbara Goldsmith, author of Little Gloria. Happy at Last and Johnson v. Johnson, is a social historian and journalist.

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Ms. Goldsmith, a journalist whose other books include ''Johnson v. Johnson'' and ''Little Gloria.

Goldsmith completed her next book in 1998. Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull chronicled the women of the Gilded Age who fought for equality and the right to vote.

In Other Powers Barbara Goldsmith takes a wide-ranging approach to the life of controversial feminist Victoria .

In Other Powers Barbara Goldsmith takes a wide-ranging approach to the life of controversial feminist Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927). Goldsmith places her buccaneering subject within the context of 19th-century America's fascination with spiritualism, which enabled an accomplished medium like Woodhull to escape her impoverished origins and amass considerable wealth. Women's rights advocate Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was a spiritualist, clairvoyant, faith healer and apostle of free love who maintained that her spirit guide had set her on a mission to create a social revolution.

OK, rather more suffrage and scandal than Spiritualism, which was a bit of a disappointment. Still, a fascinating read of a very turbulent time in history.

This is history at its most vivid, set amid the battle for woman suffrage, the Spiritualist movement that swept across the nation (10 million strong by midcentury) in the age of Radical Reconstruction following the Civil War, and the bitter fight that pitted black men against white women in the struggle to win the right to vote. OK, rather more suffrage and scandal than Spiritualism, which was a bit of a disappointment.

Barbara Goldsmith's portrait of suffragette Victoria Woodhull and her. 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 Civil War, and the bitter fight that pitted black men against white women in the struggle for the right to vote. this is a biography guaranteed to keep the reader reading.

The past six months have seen not one but two excellent books finally giving this woman her historical due. The first, Notorious Victoria by Mary Gabriel (published in January), while offering some pertinent historical background information, doesn't stray far from the events of Woodhull's soap-opera life. OTHER POWERS: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull".

The cast includes Victoria Woodhull, spiritual and financial advisor to Commodore Vanderbilt; Tennessee . All of these people play major roles in this compelling book.

All of these people play major roles in this compelling book.

Barbara 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 "more 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 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 Civil War, and the bitter fight that pitted black men against white women in the struggle for the right to vote.

Peter Gay found Other Powers "Irresistible...this is a biography guaranteed to keep the reader reading." And Gloria Steinem called it "A real-life novel of how one charismatic woman...turned women's suffrage, the church, New York City, and much of the country on its ear."

  • What more could you ask for than a story interlacing spiritualism, suffrage, and sex?! Goldsmith masterfully tells us the story of Victoria Woodhull. Gone is the need to present a pristine sugary view of a woman who lived from 1838 to 1927. I laughed at times thinking - wow! I bet this gal turned some people on their head! LOL Goldsmith is such a good writer, in her introduction she described some of the surprises she noticed as she researched this book. For example, "Perhaps the most startling discovery was the extent to which spiritualism and the inception of woman's rights were intertwined" (p. xiii).

    In describing Woodhull, Goldsmith noted: "[she] pictured herself as 'the evangel' but she was, in fact, a woman before her time. Her views on marriage and divorce and the sexual equality she called 'free love' are relevant today" (p. xv). Later Woodhull was described as "She was. . . the spirituality, the 'high priestess' of free love, the crusading editor, the San Francisco actress and part time prostitute, the founder of the first stock brokerage firm for women, the disciple of Karl Marx, the blackmailer, the presidential candidate, the sinner, and the saint" (p. 7).

    This book is the story of Virginia Woodhull - a woman who defined life by her own terms and lived it according to her moral compass. A wonderful biography!

  • This is the most fascinating non-fiction book I have ever read. It gives you a full picture of the women and men around them who started the women's suffrage movement in the US. Seriously - you need to own this and send copies to all the women in your life.

  • Barbara Goldsmith opens the portal to transform you into the Nineteenth century and exposes in entertaining detail the plight of women in Victorian America. This book impressed me so much that I found myself writing an fictionalized account of Victoria Woodhull's life. Ms. Goldsmith, you kindled a fire that has grown into a roaring flame. I had to buy a second hardback edition of your book, as my paperback was so marked up and torn apart, I have to keep a rubber band around it! Thank you for your inspiration.

  • I never particularly like American History as it was taught when I was growing up (memorizing lots of names of men, battles, and dates) - it was boring and didn't make a lot of sense to me. But this book brought that whole period of the 1800s alive because it's dealing with what drives history - the kind of spirituality and inquiry that flooded the country then, with women's lives and their push for equality, as well as nitty gritty information on the intertwining of the lives of power players at that time. Who knew there were so many politicians consulting mediums, or the degree of sexual and utopian-living experimentation going on. It's clear to me that the 1960s-70s were a resonant echo of what was begun then. So well written.

  • This is a fascinating read about a time in history that I knew little about. It is engaging, interesting, filled with good information and doesn't bog down (well - except a little at the end). I highly recommend it.

  • A must read for all women. This is about our struggle and the obstacles that we faced then are still obstacles we face now. MUST MUST READ!

  • Fascinating. An amazing book which sheds little known information about contributing factors to the suffrage movement. Highly recommended!

  • I'm not a native english speaker, but this book if fully readable. Here you find everything you wanted to know about Victoria Woodhull, plus tons of insights about the social and political life of the second half of the 19 century. If you are interested in the struggles for women citizenship, this book is a pleasure to read. In addition, you find here the pieces of history that lie behind Henry James "The Bostonians".