Metro, “Who you gonna call? A real-life ghostbuster”

“The history of spiritualism in America ties into the history of the suffragette movement, the abolition movement, the labor movement, the anarchist movement,” says Hendrix. “So many people get hung up on the question of whether these mediums were actually talking to spirits or committing fraud, but if you ignore that question you’re still left with a remarkable story, and some the most impressive close-up magic acts of the 19th century. Spiritualism envisioned humanity as one equal body that gave women the vote and freed the slaves. Before we could do those things, we had to dream them. Spiritualism was that dream.”

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