How did a narrow strip of farmland north of the Hudson Valley become the engine of radical ideas and new religious movements that shook America and the world in the nineteenth century and beyond? Join PEN Award-winning historian Mitch Horowitz to discover the extraordinary influence of New York State’s “Burned-Over District.” He explores how this region of rolling hills and pristine lakeshores gave rise to religious movements from Shakerism and Mormonism to Seventh-Day Adventism and Spiritualism, as well as a wide array of radical and reformist movements, including suffragism and utopianism. Join us for a surprising and unforgettable portrait of the Burned-Over District and its impact on American life.
Mitch Horowitz is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult. He is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and the PEN Award-winning author of books including Occult America; One Simple Idea; and The Miracle Club. The Washington Post says Horowitz “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” The Chinese government has censored his work. Horowitz was for many years a vice president and executive editor at Penguin Random House.
Visit him at www.MitchHorowitz.com