Dating for spiritualists
For other uses of spiritualism, see Spiritualism (disambiguation).
Many prominent spiritualists were women, and like most spiritualists, supported causes such as the abolition of slavery and women's suffrage.
Davis was a practising Mesmerist, faith healer and clairvoyant from Blooming Grove, New York.
He was also strongly influenced by the socialist theories of Fourierism.
They believe that spirits are capable of growth and perfection, progressing through higher spheres or planes, and that the afterlife is not a static state, but one in which spirits evolve.
The two beliefs—that contact with spirits is possible, and that spirits may dwell on a higher plane—lead to a third belief, that spirits can provide knowledge about moral and ethical issues, as well as about God and the afterlife.