Hugh T. Harrington

Annie Abbott, "The Little Georgia Magnet," and the True Story of Dixie Haygood

About the book

This book is the complete, nonfiction and documented story of Milledgeville, Georgia's Dixie Haygood, who has been known in Milledgeville as a witch. But as Annie Abbott, "The Little Georgia Magnet," she captivated the world and puzzled scientists in the late 1800s and early 1900s with her unexplained power. Although she weighed only 96 pounds, the strongest men could not lift her, and she could transfer her power to children! Her life and career take a complicated series of twists and turns that are described in this book. This book is the first accurate account of her entire life and her performances.

The authors, Susan J. Harrington and Hugh T. Harrington, obtained sources not previously published that provided insights into the various Annie Abbotts' lives.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - The Electric Girls
  • Chapter 2 - The Start of a Career
  • Chapter 3 - The Rocky Start of Dixie Haygood’s First Tour
  • Chapter 4 - The Origin of Annie Abbott
  • Chapter 5 - Going West
  • Chapter 6 - “Setting the Thames On Fire” -- Triumph in London
  • Chapter 7 - The Alhambra and  the Attack of The Star Newspaper
  • Chapter 8 - The Tour in Europe
  • Chapter 9 - Annie Abbott Meets Sandow and Nellie Bly
  • Chapter 10 - Annie May Abbott,  Richard N. Abbey’s Second “Little Georgia Magnet”
  • Chapter 11 - The Original Annie Abbott’s Family Problems
  • Chapter 12 - The Annie Abbotts and Their Managers Collide
  • Chapter 13 - The Annie Abbotts Go Their Separate Ways
  • Chapter 14 - Bizarre Incidents On the Road to Home
  • Chapter 15 - The Mysterious Death of Dixie Haygood
  • Chapter 16 - The End of the Abbeys: The End of an Era
  • Chapter 17 - Reflections
  • Appendix A - Annie Abbott’s Autograph Album and Diary
  • Appendix B - Annie Abbotts and their Spouses
  • Index

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Other articles about Electric Girls and Dixie Haygood

  • "The 'Georgia Wonder' Phenomenon," The New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE) sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council (a Web-based resource that will present a comprehensive and thoughtful portrayal of the State of Georgia),, February 12, 2004. (Written with Steven Brehe and Susan J. Harrington).
  • Dixie Haygood: Annie Abbott -- The Little Georgia Magnet, Bicentennial insert of The Union-Recorder (Milledgeville, Georgia daily newspaper), Section III, September 27, 2003, pp. 4, 6. (Written with Susan Harrington).
  • How the Annie Abbott Act Was Performed, The Linking Ring (published by the International Brotherhood of Magicians), Vol. 83, No. 6, June 2003, pp. 50-53. (Written with Susan Harrington). This article, along with the one below received "Award of Outstanding Merit for the Best Series Published in The Linking Ring magazine" for 2003.
  • Annie Abbott, The Little Georgia Magnet, The Linking Ring (published by the International Brotherhood of Magicians), Vol. 83, No. 5, May 2003, pp. 40-48. (Written with Susan Harrington).
  • Georgia's Dixie Haygood: The Original Annie Abbott and "Little Georgia Magnet," Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXXXVI, No. 3, Fall 2002, p. 423-448. (Written with Susan Harrington).

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