Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England: A Documentary History 1638–1693, Second Edition<br>

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David D. Hall
Duke University Press, Feb 4, 2005 - History - 378 pages
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DIVThis superb documentary collection illuminates the history of witchcraft and witch-hunting in seventeenth-century New England. The cases examined begin in 1638, extend to the Salem outbreak in 1692, and document for the first time the extensive Stamford-Fairfield, Connecticut, witch-hunt of 1692–1693. Here one encounters witch-hunts through the eyes of those who participated in them: the accusers, the victims, the judges. The original texts tell in vivid detail a multi-dimensional story that conveys not only the process of witch-hunting but also the complexity of culture and society in early America. The documents capture deep-rooted attitudes and expectations and reveal the tensions, anger, envy, and misfortune that underlay communal life and family relationships within New England’s small towns and villages.

Primary sources include court depositions as well as excerpts from the diaries and letters of contemporaries. They cover trials for witchcraft, reports of diabolical possessions, suits of defamation, and reports of preternatural events. Each section is preceded by headnotes that describe the case and its background and refer the reader to important secondary interpretations. In his incisive introduction, David D. Hall addresses a wide range of important issues: witchcraft lore, antagonistic social relationships, the vulnerability of women, religious ideologies, popular and learned understandings of witchcraft and the devil, and the role of the legal system. This volume is an extraordinarily significant resource for the study of gender, village politics, religion, and popular culture in seventeenth-century New England./div

  

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Review: Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England: A Documentary History, 1638-1693

User Review  - Celticw1nter - Goodreads

It is a very informative historically accurate book based on all of the recorded witch trials in the seventeenth-century... I used it for my book report in my history class and looks like he enjoyed it since I received a good grade on it.. Read full review

Review: Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England: A Documentary History, 1638-1693

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Fascinating account of the poor souls accused of being witches in places other than Salem. Read full review

Contents

The Early Cases 16381651
19
The Parsons of Springfield A Family at Odds 16511652
29
Suspicion A Widows Resistance 16531655
61
The High Price of Silence 1654
74
A Handful of Troublemakers 16521661
87
A LongRunning Feud 16561675
99
One Mans Many Accusers 16581669
115
Mother and Daughter The Holmans of Cambridge 16591660
134
A Servant Possessed 16711672
197
Vehement Suspicion Eunice Cole of Hampton 16561680
213
Two Grandparents One Grandson and a Seaman 16791681
230
The Strange Death of Philip Smith 16831684
260
The Possession of the Goodwin Children 1688
265
The Salem Witchhunt 1692
280
The StamfordFairfield Witchhunt 16921693
315
The Hartford Witchhunt Additional Texts
355

The Hartford Witchhunt 16621665
147
A Fathers Battle 16661667
164
One Cunning Woman At Odds With All 16681670
170
Three Ambiguous Cases 16691681
185
Selective Bibliography
359
Index
365
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David D. Hall is Bartlett Professor of New England Church History at the Harvard Divinity School. His books include Puritans in the New World: A Critical Anthology; Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England; and Antinomian Controversy, 1636–1638: A Documentary History, published by Duke University Press.

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