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How speaking to the dead became a sensation, and is being debunked today

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How did the idea of communicating with the dead become so popular in the 19th century?

A pair of sisters convinced people that they had a remarkable ability, and sparked an entire movement. But what made people so receptive to the idea of communicating with the dead? What still does today?

In this Backstory, Larry Potash looks at the causes of the movement, and the modern-day efforts to end it.

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