Victoria C. Woodhull’s story has always fascinated me. Carrie Hayes delves into Victoria and Tennessee Claflin’s extraordinary background. The origin and evolution of the spiritualist movement, the challenges of women’s suffrage and the social structure of the Gilded Age were meticulously researched.
The motivations and character of figures such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Cornelius Vanderbilt are explained in the context of their relationships with the Claflins and the greater social movement of the times. Hayes’ novel fills a gap in our knowledge of this seminal period of American history and sheds light on its lingering effects.
I highly recommend this read for any of you interested in the intricacies of nineteenth century politics, and the forgotten players in the women’s suffrage movement.