Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism and The Scandalous Victoria Woodhull

Dubbed ”the prostitute who ran for president,” Victoria Woodhull not only was the first female candidate but ran in 1872, before women’s suffrage. A spiritualist and free-love advocate who opened a brokerage firm with Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, Woodhull was an iconoclast who polarized factions of the women’s movement. When she exposed the adulterous preacher Henry Ward Beecher in her weekly newspaper, she created a scandal of Clinton-Lewinsky proportions and was slapped with obscenity charges that landed her in jail. In Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull, Goldsmith (Little Gloria… Happy at Last) profiles scheming politicians, shrewd spiritualists, and balkanized feminists of Victorian society in rich, if sometimes overly salacious, detail. A-