Daily Life During the Salem Witch Trials

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - History - 248 pages
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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" 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.

  

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Contents

1 The Creation of Puritan New England 16231692
1
2 The Impact of the Salem Witch Trials on the Massachusetts Bay Colony
41
Homes and Families
51
4 Business Maritime Commerce and Piracy in the 1690s
75
5 Politics and War in the 1690s
91
6 Religion Law and Education in Daily Life in the 1690s
109
7 The Roles of Women and Men in the 1690s
133
8 Marriage Courtship and Sex in the 1690s
147
Transition Trouble and Trade The Evolution of Massachusetts in the 1690s
161
Appendix
167
Glossary of Key Terms
225
Bibliography
231
Index
235
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About the author (2012)

K. DAVID GOSS is Assistant Professor of History at Gordon College, specializing in American history and museum studies. His many published works include Cornerstones of Salem (2000) and Treasures of a Seaport Town (1998).