Synopses & Reviews
What was it like to live in the colony of Massachusetts during the last decade of the 17th century, the decade famed for the Salem Witch Trials? Daily Life during the Salem Witch TrialS≪/i> answers that question, offering a vivid portrait essential to anyone seeking to understand the traumatic events of the time in their proper historical context.
The book begins with a historical overview tracing the development of the Puritan experiment in the Massachusetts colony from 1620 to 1692. It then explores the cultural values and day-to-day concerns of Puritan society in the late-17th century, including trends and patterns of behavior in family life, household activities, business and economics, political and military responsibilities, and religious belief. Each chapter interprets a different aspect of daily life as it was experienced by those who lived through the social crisis of the witch trials of 1692-93, helping readers better comprehend how the history-making events of those years could come to pass.
"From what they ate for breakfast to what version of the Bible they read, David Goss has crafted a much needed overview of the everyday life of the participants in the Salem witch trials. One cannot hope to understand the course of these tragic events without this important perspective." < p="">Emerson W. Baker, Professor of History, Salem State University; Author of < i=""> The Devil of Great Island, Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England < i=""> <>
There are few episodes in American history as interesting and controversial as the Salem Witch Trials. This work provides a revealing analysis of what it was like to live in Massachusetts during that time, creating a nuanced profile of New England Puritans and their culture.
• Offers a detailed, chronological narrative of the Massachusetts colony's development from its settlement to the time of the Salem Witch Trials
• Provides a unique and comprehensive perspective on various aspects of Puritan life in the late-17th century
• Furnishes a concise overview of the context and events surrounding the Salem trials themselves
• Firsthand accounts describing daily life in late-17th-century Massachusetts
• A chronology tracing Massachusetts colonial history from its beginnings in 1620 to the era of the Salem Witch Trials
• Black-and-white illustrations drawn from archival and museum collections depicting individuals, places, and events contemporaneous with the trials
• Maps of Massachusetts colony and Salem Village
• A glossary of key terms and phrases relevant to a study of late-17th-century daily life
• A comprehensive, annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources readers can use to further explore the subject of daily life in late-17th-century New England