Seldes, Gilbert. The Stammering Century [cults & manias 19th c. America]

Seldes, Gilbert. The Stammering Century [cults & manias 19th c. America]

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Seldes, Gilbert. The Stammering Century. New York: The John Day Company, 1928. First Edition. [6365]

Teal cloth, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, light shelf-wear and a few small stains to the binding, tight. xviii., 414 clean pp., illustrated, index. No dust jacket. Good. Hardcover.

"This book is not a record of the major events in American history during the nineteenth century. It is concerned with minor movements, with the cults and manias of that period. Its personages are fanatics, and radicals, and mountebanks. Its intention is to connect these secondary movements and figures with the primary forces of the century, and to supply a background in American history for the cults and manias of our own time; the Prohibitionists and Pentecostals; the diet-faddists, and dealers in mail-order Personality; the play-censors, and Fundamentalists, and Point Loma theosophists; the free-lovers and eugenics; the cranks, and possibly, the saints. Sects, cults, manias, movements, fads, religious excitements, and the relation of these to the others and to the orderly progress of America in the past hundred years, are the subject matter." - p. xi.

The Bible Communists, camp-meetings, Francis Wright d'Arusmont, Matthias, C. G. Finney, John Humphrey Noyes, Carry A. Nation, The Fox Sisters, John Alexander Dowie - these and many more make appearances within.