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Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and personas—from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce—dramatically altered the nation’s culture, politics, and religion. Yet the mystical roots of our identity are often ignored or overlooked. Opening a new window on the past, Occult America presents a dramatic, pioneering study of the esoteric undercurrents of our history and their profound impact across modern life.

Introduction: What Is the Occult?

Chapter 1: The Psychic Highway

Chapter 2: Mystic Americans

Chapter 3: Don’t Try This at Home: Ouija and the Selling of Spiritualism

Chapter 4: The Science of Right Thinking

Chapter 5: The Mail-Order Prophet

Chapter 6: Go Tell Pharaoh: The Rise of Magic in Afro–America

Chapter 7: The Return of the “Secret Teachings”

Chapter 8: New Deal of the Ages: Politics and the Occult

Chapter 9: The Masters Among Us

Chapter 10: Secrets for Sale

Chapter 11: “The Greatest Mystic Who Ever Lived in America”

Epilogue: Aquarius Rising: The New Age Dawns

Notes on Sources