At The Junto: James Rush and the Invention of Personal Magnetism

In which I venture into the wilds of early America

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At The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, I have a guest post on the part of my book that deals with early America: the medical doctor James Rush (son of Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Rush) and his invention of the speaking style of personal magnetism. In the post, I address the professional divide between scholars of early America and modern America, and how it almost prevented me from discovering Rush’s influence on charisma. Click here to read the post. Thanks to Ben Park at The Junto for giving me this opportunity!

Author: Jeremy C. Young

Jeremy C. Young is an assistant professor of history at Dixie State University and the author of The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940.