Margaret Fox Kane and Her Victorian Love Story
Kate, Leah, and Margaret Fox. Library of Congress
By Kathy Warnes
As individuals, Margaret Fox and Elisha K. Kane were both determined romantics pursing their individual dreams. Margaret dreamed of a safe, financially secure home away from her ambivalent feelings about earning a living as a medium. Elisha dreamed of matching his brother Thomas in fame and fortune, despite uncertain health from a childhood bout of rheumatic fever.
Margaret Fox belonged to the trio of Fox sisters who gained worldwide recognition for their supposed ability to communicate with souls in the spirit world by rapping messages from both sides of the divide separating life and death. Elisha Kane sought adventure in rescuing the Franklin Arctic Expedition and discovering an ice-free sea in the Arctic. Victorian era manners and morals also shaped their relationship- including society’s expectation of manly heroes and pure, compliant heroines.
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Margaret Fox Kane’s Victorian Love Story