Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America
The history of any religious movement can get murky. But the history of American Paganism with so many invented lineages, so many solitary practitioners, so much resistance to staid definition, so much hiddenness is especially hard to decipher. But here in Her Hidden Children Chas Clifton tells many never-before-told stories of the origins of Paganism and Wicca in the United States. The people, publications, and organizations that allowed Paganism and Wicca to set roots down in American soil and become "nature religion" are revealed in delicious detail. With a timeline, glossary, and photos of important figures, Her Hidden Children is compelling and important for any student of Paganism or American Religion."
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I've been familiar with Chas Clifton's work for some years, and have always enjoyed his contributions. Having recently found information concerning this book, I am thrilled to say that his work here remains as cogent, clear, and precise as I've enjoyed in the past.
His critique of my published work concerning Thomas Morton and the romanticised interpretation I offered in a 1990 Green Egg magazine article is spot-on, and as a writer who has also grown in the years since, I found myself smiling in cordial appreciation of both the citation of that work and his ability to appropriately disarticulate it as part of healthy discourse. That alone leaves me confident that enjoying Her Hidden Children would likely make for a superb experience for the critical reader. Thank you, Chas.
Devyn Christopher Gillette
Toronto, Ontario, Canada