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In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

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In January 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts, two young girls began to suffer from inexplicable fits. Seventeen months later, after legal action had been taken against 144 people—20 of them put to death—the ignominious Salem witchcraft trials finally came to an end.

Now, Mary Beth Norton—one of our most ad-mired historians—gives us a unique account of the events at Salem, helping us to understand them as they were understood by those who lived through the frenzy. Describing the situation from a seventeenth-century perspective, Norton examines the crucial turning points, the accusers, the confessors, the judges, and the accused, among whom were thirty-eight men. She shows how the situation spiraled out of control following a cascade of accusations beginning in mid-April. She explores the role of gossip and delves into the question of why women and girls under the age of twenty-five, who were the most active accusers and who would normally be ignored by male magistrates, were suddenly given absolute credence.

Most important of all, Norton moves beyond the immediate vicinity of Salem to demonstrate how the Indian wars on the Maine frontier in the last quarter of that century stunned the collective mindset of northeastern New England and convinced virtually everyone that they were in the devil’s snare. And she makes clear that ultimate responsibility for allowing the crisis to reach the heights it did must fall on the colony’s governor, council, and judges.

A vivid, authoritative historical evocation and exploration that will alter forever the way we think about one of the most perennially fascinating and horrifying events in our history.

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Synopsis:

A vivid historical chronicle evokes the spirit of late seventeenth-century Massachusetts in an incisive study of the Salem witch trials, discussing the events, the crucial turning points in the case, the accusers and accused, the confessors, and the judges, setting it all against the backdrop of the social, cultural, and political atmosphere of the period. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

An admired historian offers a unique account of the events at Salem, Massachusetts, helping readers to understand the witch hunt as it was understood by those who lived through the frenzy.

About the Author

Mary Beth Norton is Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University. She is the author of The British-Americans: The Loyalist Exiles in England, 1774—1789 (1972); Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750—1800 (1980); Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society (1996), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and (with five others) A People and a Nation (6th ed., 2001). She has also edited several works on women’s history and served as the general editor of The AHA Guide to Historical Literature (3rd ed., 1995).

Table of Contents

Introduction — Under an evil hand — Gospel women — Pannick at the Eastward — Dreadfull apparition of a minister — Many offenders in custody — Endeavors of the judges — Burroughs their ringleader — All sorts of objections — New witch-land.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307426369
Subtitle:
The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Creator:
Mary Beth Norton
Author:
Norton, Mary Beth
Author:
Mary Beth Norton
Subject:
History : United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Body, Mind & Spirit : Magick Studies
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Witchcraft
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Salem
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essex County Region
Subject:
Witchcraft -- Massachusetts.
Subject:
Massachusetts History.
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Metaphysics-History of Witchcraft
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20031014
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
448

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America
History and Social Science » World History » General
Metaphysics » Magic Witchcraft and Paganism

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Product details 448 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307426369 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A vivid historical chronicle evokes the spirit of late seventeenth-century Massachusetts in an incisive study of the Salem witch trials, discussing the events, the crucial turning points in the case, the accusers and accused, the confessors, and the judges, setting it all against the backdrop of the social, cultural, and political atmosphere of the period. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , An admired historian offers a unique account of the events at Salem, Massachusetts, helping readers to understand the witch hunt as it was understood by those who lived through the frenzy.
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