By Catherine Tumber

opposite to well known idea, New Age spirituality didn't all at once seem in American lifestyles within the Nineteen Seventies and '80s. In American Feminism and the beginning of recent Age Spirituality, Catherine Tumber demonstrates that the hot Age stream first flourished greater than a century in the past in the course of the Gilded Age lower than the mantle of 'New Thought.' dependent mostly on learn in well known journals, self-help manuals, newspaper debts, and archival collections, American Feminism and the beginning of recent Age Spirituality explores the contours of the hot inspiration flow. in the course of the lives of famous figures akin to Mary Baker Eddy, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and Edward Bellamy in addition to via extra vague, yet extra consultant 'New Thoughters' comparable to Abby Morton Diaz, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Ursula Gestefeld, Lilian Whiting, Sarah Farmer, and Elizabeth Towne, Tumber examines the old stipulations that gave upward thrust to New concept. She can pay shut awareness to the ways that feminism turned grafted, with various levels of luck, to emergent types of liberal tradition within the overdue 19th century—progressive politics, the Social Gospel, humanist psychotherapy, bohemian tradition, and mass industry journalism. American Feminism and the start of recent Age Spirituality questions the price of the hot age movement—then and now—to the pursuit of women's rights and democratic renewal.

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