The Zodiac Craze

A 1915 newspaper announces an outbreak of plague in France is imminent. The following year a Persian savant predicts a certain White House baby will go on to become “Magistrate Ruler of the World.” How do these prophets know? It’s written in the stars!

From palm reading to Ouija boards to zodiac signs, Americans have exhibited a bizarre fascination with demystifying their destinies. Gaining recognition in the late 1800’s the reputation of horoscopes has morphed from an ancient pseudo-science into a respectable discipline—featured almost daily in U.S. newspapers by the early 1900’s.

Read more about it in the Zodiac Craze Topic Guide.

The Zodiac Craze Topic Guide
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/zodiac.html

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