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The Occult in America: New Historical Perspectives

Kerr, Howard, & Crow, Charles L. (Eds.)

 One purpose in preparing this book was to discover whether the current inerest in occult topics is new to America or has existed in the past. The editors conclude that there has been continuous interest in the occult over 300 years of American history. They suggest that such interest even forms a distinct pattern in American history, which they outline in their Introduction. The chapter titles, and their authors are as follows: Introduction, by Howard Kerr and Charles L.Crow; Explaining Modern Occultism, by Robert Galbreath; Andover Witchcraft and the Causes of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, by Chadwick Hansen; The Dark Ages of American Occultism, 1760-1848, by Jon Butler; The Fox Sisters and American Spiritualism, by Ernest Isaacs; The American Theosophical Synthesis, by Robert S. Ellwood, Jr.; The Occult Connection? Mormonism, Christian Science, and Spiritualism, by R. Laurence Moore; Vivekananda and American Occultism, by Steven F. Walker; Women in Occult America, by Mary Farrell Bednarowski; Paranormal Memorates in the American Vernacular, by Larry Danielson; and UFOs and the Search for Scientific Legitimacy, by David M. Jacobs.
Publisher Information:Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1983. 246p. Bibl. by chap; 14 illus; Ind: 235-246; 417 refs
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