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In the houses of their dead : the Lincolns, the Booths, and the spirits

Alford, Terry (author.).

Summary: The assassination of Abraham Lincoln did not come without warning: it had been foretold. Alford focuses on the president's fascination with Spiritualism, and demonstrates how it linked him, uncannily, to the man who would kill him. Lincoln was deeply superstitious and drawn to the irrational. After repeated personal tragedies, the Lincolns turned for solace to Spiritualism, that held that the dead were nearby and could be contacted by the living. The Lincolns and the Booths even used the same mediums. Alford follows the two families across the nineteenth century, and leads us to consider how ghost stories helped shape the nation. -- adapted from publisher info

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  • ISBN: 1631495607 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781631495601 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xvii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-285) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: If the Fates Allow -- His Imperfect Self -- So Old When He Was Young -- God's Most Precious Truth -- Love's Sacred Circle -- Ghost Kisses -- Why Wake Me? -- Fatal Vision -- Are We So Soon Forgot? -- Death Came as a Friend.
Subject: Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865 Religion
Lincoln, Mary Todd 1818-1882 Religion
Spiritualism United States History 19th century
Parapsychology United States History 19th century
Presidents United States Biography
Lincoln family
Booth family
Booth, Junius Brutus 1796-1852 Family
Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865 Assassination
Spiritisme États-Unis Histoire 19e siècle
Parapsychologie États-Unis Histoire 19e siècle
HISTORY / United States / General
Booth family
Booth, Junius Brutus 1796-1852
Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865
Lincoln family
Lincoln, Mary Todd 1818-1882
United States
Genre: Biographies.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at State Library of Alabama.


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