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by Howard H Kerr,Charles L Crow

  • ISBN: 0252009835
  • Category: Occult and Paranormal
  • Subcategory: Spirituality
  • Author: Howard H Kerr,Charles L Crow
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; First Edition first Printing edition (August 1, 1983)
  • Pages: 234
  • ePub book: 1656 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1483 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 639

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The Occult in America: New Historical Perspectives. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1983. Robert C. Fuller (a1). Bradley UniversityPeoria, Illinois.

Charles Hope Kerr (April 23, 1860 – June 1, 1944), a son of abolitionists, was a vegetarian and Unitarian in 1886 when he established Charles H. Kerr & Co. in Chicago. Charles' father, Alexander Kerr was born in Fetterangus, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was the son of George and Helen Legge Kerr. When he was about seven the family emigrated first to Canada, and then three years later in 1838 to Illinois, in the United States of America.

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Comments

Morlunn Morlunn
For someone interested in the history of various esoteric ideas, this book does a pretty good job by way of introductions to encourage further reading in particular topics of interest. If you're looking for a unbiased account, this is not it. There are a few slips in a number of essays, especially the introduction, in which authors betray their academically disguised contempt for the issues to examine. Personally, I find that hints of a very negative relationship with the phenomenal reality of these types of occurrences colors historical retelling through selective editing of the data. Sometimes this happens so heavily that the veracity is the narrative is highly suspect. A sensitive and neutral treatment of these topics is essential, either to make the point that it's all "superstition" or perhaps is often exactly what it's presented as.

Despite these doubts about the author's capacity to separate their personal ideologies from their job as historians, there's a lot to gain from reading this today if you want a quick, neatly segmented sense of why occultism (and related ideas) is both so popular and so frequently attacked.

Andover Witchcraft and the Causes of the Salem Witchcraft Trials really contextualized the Salem incident and asked some interesting questions about the contemporary understanding. The Dark Ages of American Occultism, 1760-1848 opens some doors to wondering about what was percolating in this period, and just wasn't documented enough for there to be a trace.

The Fox Sisters and American Spiritualism was a very informing essay until the last paragraph where Ernest Isaacs assures the reader that his subjects were pathologically deluding themselves, not to worry. It's this kind of blatant opinionated conclusion that bothered me, especially since the rest of the essay withheld any opinion and let the historical actors speak for themselves.

As an introduction to Theosophy this is a good place to start, and this shows how spiritualism brought together Blavatsky and Olcott and focuses on what really got them going, and not so much on the sometimes disappointing later period (claims of fraudulence and finding the "savior," etc). There's a look at Mormonism and Christian Science via the claims and counter-claims of occultism (used as an insult), a nice rundown of Vivekananda's historic 1893 address, a great essay just focusing on women (and women's roles in these movements). a strange technical piece on modes of narrative, and finally a brief history of ufology (and a helpful one) by the contentious and vocal David M. Jacobs.

Overall, while I sometimes have my doubts about the authors, what really leads me to appreciate this book is the length of the essays. A short encyclopedia entry on a lot of these topics simply isn't enough context and a few hundred pages of detailed history is overkill, especially if the topical interest is only mild. The anthology style really works here with the ten to twenty page range giving enough room to drill down a little without becoming tedious. Three decades after publication, I'd love to see a followup, and one that takes pains not to dictate what the reader should believe about these histories.
Itiannta Itiannta
While this book was informative on various periods of the occult, it was not the concise history that it had lent itself to be. It's rather a series of essays on different aspects of the occult in America over time, without really connecting the periods of showing the evolution of thought regarding the occult. I ended up not being able to finish it, as there was no true continuity between the chapters.