Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull

Other Powers The Age of Suffrage Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull is a Kindle I had a real problem with this book In the introduction the author tells us that while the records c

Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull is a Kindle 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 footnoted).But 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. . From the author of Little Gloria Happy at Last, a stunning combination of history and biography that interweaves the stories of some of the most important social, political, and religious figures of America s Victorian era with the courageous and notorious life of Victoria Woodhull, to tell the story of her astonishing rise and fall and rise again This is hisFrom the author of Little Gloria Happy at Last, a stunning combination of history and biography that interweaves the stories of some of the most important social, political, and religious figures of America s Victorian era with the courageous and notorious life of Victoria Woodhull, to tell the story of her astonishing rise and fall and rise again 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 The cast includes Victoria Woodhull, billed as a clairvoyant and magnetic healer a devotee and priestess of those other powers that were gaining acceptance across America in her father s traveling medicine show spiritual and financial advisor to Commodore Vanderbilt the first woman to address a joint session of Congress, where backed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony she presents an argument that women, as citizens, should have the right to vote becoming the high priestess of free love in America fiercely believing the then heretical idea that women should have complete sexual equality with men making a run for the presidency of the United States against Horace Greeley and Ulysses S Grant, and felled when her past career as a prostitute finally catches up with her.Tennessee Claflin, sister of Victoria, also a clairvoyant, mistress to Commodore Vanderbilt indicted for manslaughter in connection with the death of a woman in a bogus cancer clinic run by her father during the Civil War.Henry Ward Beecher, the great preacher of Brooklyn s Plymouth Church the most influential church in the country brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe caught up in the scandal of the century first revealed in Victoria Woodhull s own newspaper his affair with Lib Tilton, the wife of his parishioner and best friend.Lib Tilton, angelic, obedient wife of Theodore Tilton who believed her philandering husband s insistence that she was sexless and arid until Henry Ward Beecher fell under her thrall and their affair exploded into the shocking Tilton Beecher Scandal Trial that dominated the headlines for two years, made radical inroads toward the idea of acceptable sexual relations between men and women, and inspired the first questioning of the sanctity of the middle class American Victorian home Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a discontented housewife who, bolstered by the great black activist Frederick Douglass, put forth a Declaration of Rights and Sentiments to empower women at the first woman s rights convention in Seneca Falls.Anna Dickinson, lecturer extraordinaire, feminist heroine to thousands of women across the country, the model for Verena Tarrant in Henry James s The Bostonians.Horace Greeley, editor of the Tribune, whose campaign for the presidency of the United States was centered on his opposition to the policies of Reconstruction who helped to undermine the suffrage movement by writing editorials denouncing Victoria Woodhull.Anthony Comstock, U.S special postal agent, enthusiastically in charge of stamping out obscenity and pornography he compared erotic feelings to electrical wires connected to the inner dynamite of obscene thoughts , who arrested Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin on charges of sending obscene material through the mail and was determined to bring his crusade against vice to the forefront of American thought, and to be hailed as a paladin of American purity All of these people play major roles in this compelling book Barbara Goldsmith draws on ten years of research and letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, and court transcripts to tell the story of a woman who embodied and lived the tumults that were shaping the America of her time.From the Hardcover edition.. Bestseller Kindle Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull Goldsmith forwards a fairly heady thesis that the initial feminist movement in the United States was helplessly entangled with spiritualism in its many aspects, from charlatan to aspirational. She does a good job of gathering information to back up her claim, too. The photo on the book’s cover displays Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female presidential nominee and on and off spokeswoman for the suffrage movement. The history of this woman serves as a conduit for Goldsmith’s story and for the feminist movement as it unravelled, an unfortunately apt verb. For you see, Victoria Woodhull was also a proponent of free love; she and her sisters, alas, did not have the luxury of The Pill. In fact, this aspect of her message sent her to prison several times, especially when she tried to out the then famous preacher Henry Ward Beecher for his own private practice of what he certainly didn’t preach, that same free love, with myriad female parishioners. This aspect of Woodhull's message also sharply divided the women seeking the right to vote, splintering the movement irrevocably until its resurgence one hundred years later. This book contains a wealth of information—perhaps too much for I feel it bogs down with the in-depth (nearly two hundred pages) examination of the Beecher-Woodhull-Tifton fiasco. Ms. Woodhull was too representative of her time: sometimes confused, sometimes under-handed, sometimes idealistic, sometimes self-seeking, and sometimes deluded. If you want a history of the early women’s movement in America, this book will serve you famously.
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  1. 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 footnoted.But 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 sp [...]


  2. Goldsmith forwards a fairly heady thesis that the initial feminist movement in the United States was helplessly entangled with spiritualism in its many aspects, from charlatan to aspirational She does a good job of gathering information to back up her claim, too The photo on the book s cover displays Victoria Woodhull, America s first female presidential nominee and on and off spokeswoman for the suffrage movement The history of this woman serves as a conduit for Goldsmith s story and for the fe [...]


  3. This book was great It was such a thorough examination of the context surrounding spiritualism and women s suffrage I learned a ton, and I was also very frustrated Reading about how fractured the suffrage movement was reminds me of some of the bs going on today Obviously we never learn from history And I knew some details about how some suffrage leaders were basically shitty people, but this book really brought out information that I think is brushed under the rug a lot Many of them were very ra [...]


  4. What a great read Historians might bristle at the lack of footnotes, but Goldsmith wrote a diverting tale I love the American history from 1865 1890, what a heady time America vacillated between mystical discoveries from the spiritualist and scientists It was also the first time women had a sustained presence in the public sphere Goldsmith really nails Susan B Anthony on her Racism and anger at the 14th amendment She also doesn t spare the Suffragist men who connived and delayed the movement 50 [...]


  5. Wow Just wow.This book is the story of what is just one knot of the tangled web of the history of America in the mid nineteenth century Its main focus is on Victoria Woodhull, a self proclaimed spiritualist and so much who was the first woman to run for President of the United States, long before women even had the right to vote.But Victoria Woodhull was involved in so much stuff during her life that it also picks up at least half a dozen other stories involving many of the most famous and infa [...]


  6. 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 acquainted 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 i [...]


  7. Other Powers the age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull, by Barbara Goldsmith, Narrated by Margaret Daly, Produced by Audible Inc downloaded from audible.A highly readable combination of history and biography, Other Powers providesthe stories of some of the most colorful social, political, and religious figures of America s Victorian era with the courageous and notorious life ofVictoria Woodhull psychic, suffragette, publisher, presidential candidate, and self confes [...]



  8. Started out well but deteriorated into a lurid bent of events that might have been better leaving out A lot of the history seems to be speculation There is no doubt Victoria Woodhull s family were not of the highest calibre and most likely indulged in a fair amount of seamy activities but had I known the detail to be provided would have been of a depth as low as what was purported, I would not have read the book That being said, there was almost enough of history to have made reading the book w [...]


  9. It s been on my shelf for years A mystery set in the same time got me off my duff to write a review.Many books about that time just focus one thing, spiritualism, the Civil War, the robber barons and the Gilded Age, or similar focus This book is great because Victoria Woodhouse s story moves across all of those parts of Northeastern society during her time The words before her time are often abused, but read this book and you ll see the definition Among her many accomplishments, both good and ba [...]


  10. DNF it was sooooooooooooooooo long i did read some later chapters like her move to the UK and the trial i just couldn t do it if this was an aduio or Ken burns miniseries i could have done it.



  11. I finally finished this amazing, long and intensely detailed book I never took a women s history class or a history class that covered the time period after the Civil War, so this book was a real eye opener for me I recognized the names Frederick Douglass, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but I didn t really know anything about them and the movements they were so passionately involved in I enjoyed learning about them and their work I vaguely knew that the Suffrage movement grew out of [...]


  12. Victoria Woodhull is one of the most fascinating people I ve ever read about The first woman to run for president, she was an incredibly intelligent woman with opinions and views far ahead of her time And because of the great double standard of society against women of that time, she was shunned because of them.Woodhull lived the same kind of life that many men did at that time, but her reputation suffered because of it, while most men got off with just a slap on the hand She was jailed for the [...]


  13. I wanted to like this book a lot than I did It s a fascinating era, populated by fascinating people But this book got far too mired down in the details of these lives The challenge is that these details are indeed critically important to the larger story The religious, financial, and sexual beliefs and actions of the major players are key to understanding the political actions but so much time was spent with so many different individuals that I thought the book got bogged down I made it just ov [...]


  14. I enjoyed learning how the stranger than fiction life of Victoria Woodhull intertwined with the beleaguered movement to win women the vote In addition we get the long running scandal of celebrity preacher Henry Ward Beecher s adulterous affair with Elizabeth Tilton, culminating in a mistrial even though there was no doubt of the affair Mrs Tilton s appeal to be heard in court was denied The connection Elizabeth Tilton s husband Theodore was one of Victoria Woodhull s lovers, and Woodhull worked [...]


  15. Holy fright This is a highly readable account of an incident in American political history the Henry Ward Beecher adultery scandal , and if Goldsmith had stuck to just that, it would have been riveting But she has also taken a pass at Victoria Woodhull s career which defies any normal standards of belief and yet actually happened And she wasn t alone Goldsmith also gives the reader Victoria s sister, the notorious Tenney C her actual first name was Tennessee, which is pretty hard to deal with fr [...]


  16. the first woman to run for president not wilma mankiller or hillary rodham clinton, but victoria woodhull this book was excellently researched and compelling to read most significantly, goldsmith points out the controversy between establishing the right to vote for blacks versus women, and how the pitting of minority interests allows the majority to continue to hold and abuse power imagine if frederick douglass, elizabeth cady stanton, harriet beecher stowe, susan b anthony and victoria woodhull [...]


  17. I wasn t sure what I d think of this book, having had it recommended to me by my boss before I left for Christmas break I found it through an interlibrary loan, though, and buzzed through the 500 pages of it in just a few days I ve read a lot of history this school year, but Other Powers is history as an insane primetime drama with a than notable supporting cast This is a book about the suffrage movement by way of intense personal drama There s so much material here involving blackmail, train w [...]


  18. Of all the Victoria Woodhull biographies I ve read and I ve read a few this is my favorite so far It s a rollicking read and features a lot about her life in spiritualism, which other biographies tend to dismiss.


  19. Riveting book, Ms Goldsmith No angels, one devil nah, make that two , and a marvelous collection of women whose indefatigable passion and stamina astound me And Victoria Woodhull Well, all I can say is that I sure would have loved to have known her Even her quoted words are contagious and in the flesh she must have been like a burning bush Oddly, though, the most haunting quote is from Frederick Douglass The moral atmosphere is than tainted, it is rotten Avarice, duplicity, falsehood, corruptio [...]


  20. While the author may choose to think of this as a biography of Victoria Woodhull, in reality it is so much This book ties together the emerging suffrage movement, the Great Awakening, Free Love, the Civil War and just about every major event movement in Victorian Era America Woodhull is one of the major players, but Horace Greeley, Susan B Anthony, the Beecher clan and Frederick Douglass among others all play equally vital roles in this story.Most readers may have heard of, or studied, one or t [...]


  21. A promising must read about Victoria Woodhull a suffragist candidate for presidency before women could vote, first woman stock broker in New York with her sister, advocate of women s rights, spiritualist and other details of the era, such as debates post civil war and reforms about vote for black males vs white women didn t occur to anyone such pitting of disfranchised against one another was unnecessary and served the masters, although it must have occurred to the said masters and hence the deb [...]


  22. Goldsmith s book serves as a sort of guidebook through some of the interesting social movements of the mid to late 19th century She covers the Spiritualists, Free lovers, Oneidans, etc with a great deal of humor and context However, Goldsmith has a very bad habit of slipping in pure conjecture with absolute fact, mixing up the two so that casual readers will be unaware of just what is fact and what is fiction The book is rife with instances of her presenting as fact, various theories and motive [...]


  23. An interesting view of the late 19th century women s suffrage movement in the USA It centers on Victoria Woodhull, who ran for president in 1872, 48 years before women got the vote This courageous woman expressed radical views of marriage, sexuality, and free love in an age when women could rarely speak for themselves But the scandals that she provoked and that surrounded her divided the women s movement and threatened its progress Another theme of the book is the trial of Rev Henry Ward Beecher [...]


  24. I found this biography of Victoria Woodhull to be long and outrageous Not because I didn t find it ringing true but how had I never heard a word of it We hear a few choice words about Susan B Anthony and suffragebut none like you will read here It covers time from the civil war until the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote in 1920 And, religion and unrelated spiritualism of 1870 will remind you how easily truth is corrupted.Other Powers interviews the stories of some of the most colorf [...]


  25. This book was about a very interesting character from Victorian Era America Victoria Woodhull The first woman to address congress, advocating for woman suffrage, as well as the proprietor of an investment firm on Wall Street, she was also a professed spiritual medium, a friend of high class madams, and an advocate of free love The accompanying stories of the woman suffrage movement and the adultery scandal around famed minister Henry Ward Beecher are fascinating A nice depiction of a time and pl [...]


  26. Fascinating portal into Victorian America and the plight of women.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 ap [...]


  27. Okay, I m not quite done with the book, but it s a damn good read Goldsmith makes clear the personal relationships between the early players in the sufferage, spiritualist, and abolition movements, as well as their connections to the dominant churches of the day The fundamental thing I come away with is that there is nothing new under the sun The people of the 1860s were just as concerned with sex Free Love, adultery, homosexuality, drugs laudanum, alcohol, and rock and roll spiritualism, reviva [...]


  28. A totally engrossing book about the intersecting lines of spiritualism, the suffragist movement, and Gilded Age sexual politics, with the Henry Ward Beecher scandal and the outrageous Victoria Woodhull and sister Tennie Claflin being the highlights Goldsmith writes in a real page turning style and I was through it in record time If you re interested in some of the fringe movements of 19th c America, what the headlines screamed in bold type, and the beginnings of the women s suffrage movement, yo [...]


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