The apparitionists : a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
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Book
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9780544745971 (hardcover), 0544745973 (hardcover)
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xi, 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Kelley Library - Nonfiction - Stack 8HISTORY U.S. CIVIL WAR LINCOLN 1861-1865On Shelf
Nesmith Library - Nonfiction - Adult Area133.92 MANOn Shelf

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Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9780544745971 (hardcover), 0544745973 (hardcover)

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-335).
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"A story of faith and fraud in post–Civil War America, told through the lens of a photographer who claimed he could capture images of the dead. In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America’s imagination. A “spirit photographer,” William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling, including Mary Todd Lincoln, who arrived at his studio in disguise amidst rumors of séances in the White House. Peter Manseau brilliantly captures a nation wracked with grief and hungry for proof of the existence of ghosts and for contact with their dead husbands and sons. It took a circus-like trial of Mumler on fraud charges, starring P. T. Barnum for the prosecution, to expose a fault line of doubt and manipulation. And even then, the judge sided with the defense—nobody ever solved the mystery of his spirit photography. This forgotten puzzle offers a vivid snapshot of America at a crossroads in its history, a nation in thrall to new technology while clinging desperately to belief."--Amazon.com.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Manseau, P. (2017). The apparitionists: a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Manseau, Peter. 2017. The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Manseau, Peter. The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Manseau, Peter. The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

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