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The Resource In the devil's snare : the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692, Mary Beth Norton

In the devil's snare : the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692, Mary Beth Norton

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In the devil's snare : the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692
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In the devil's snare
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the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692
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Mary Beth Norton
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In the devils snare the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692
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the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692
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Summary
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. Mary Beth Norton 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. 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
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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. 15,000 first printing
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New York Times Notable Book, 2002
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Winner of the 2003 Ambassador Book Award.
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133.4/3/097445
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the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692
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In the devil's snare : the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692, Mary Beth Norton
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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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
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6017169
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21 cm
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1st Vintage Books ed.
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436 pages
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9780375706905
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2001050500
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In the devil's snare : the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692, Mary Beth Norton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
6017169
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Vintage Books ed.
Extent
436 pages
Isbn
9780375706905
Lccn
2001050500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps

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