Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt

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Basic Books, 1995 - Social Science - 317 pages
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Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence that respectable men and women in their midst—many of them trusted preschool teachers—secretly gathered in far-reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic.

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A wonderfully thorough review of the cultural, political and legal context leading up to the McMartin preschool trial in California and the satanic ritual abuse moral panic overall. Nathan & Snedeker's book is a compact, easy read doubtless from Nathan's experience as a journalist. Hundreds of references fill the notes pages, citing scholarly books and articles and primary materials from ritual abuse conferences that show the first-hand digging that went into the research for the book.  

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A very thorough examination of the social and cultural context of the ritual abuse panic that swept the country in the 1980s. It also manages to navigate the difficult tightrope between two extremisms ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Debbie Nathan is an award-winning journalist and the author of books including "Satan's Silence".

Snedeker practices law in California but lives in Oregon.

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