Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory

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Dane Anthony Morrison, Nancy Lusignan Schultz
UPNE, 2005 - History - 348 pages
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How is a sense of place created, imagined, and reinterpreted over time? That is the intriguing question addressed in this comprehensive look at the 400-year history of Salem, Massachusetts, and the experiences of fourteen generations of people who lived in a place mythologized in the public imagination by the horrific witch trials and executions of 1692 and 1693.

But from its settlement in 1626 to the present, Salem was, and is, much more than this. In this volume, contributors from a variety of fields examine Salem’s multiple urban identities: frontier outpost of European civilization, cosmopolitan seaport, gateway to the Far East, refuge for religious diversity, center for education, and of course, “Witch City” tourist attraction.
  

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Contents

Salem Enshrined
3
Salem as Frontier Outpost
21
Salem as Religious Proving Ground
43
Salem as Enterprise Zone 17831786
63
Salem as Athenaeum
91
Salem as Citizen of the World
107
Salem as the Nations Schoolhouse
129
Salem as Hawthornes Creation
163
Salem as Architectural Mecca
185
Salem as a Global City 18502004
219
Salem as Crime Scene
249
Salem as Witch City
283
Salems House of the Seven Gables as Historic Site
299
Montage of Brick and Water
315
Contributors
331
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DANE ANTHONY MORRISON is Professor and former chair of the History Department at Salem State College. He is the author of A Praying People: Massachusett Acculturation and the Failure of the Puritan Mission, 1600-1690. NANCY LUSIGNAN SCHULTZ is Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English and American Studies at Salem State College. She is the author of Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834.

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