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The Story of the Salem Witch Trials: We Walked in Clouds and Could Not See Our Way

Lebeau, Bryan F.

ISBN 10: 0134425421 / ISBN 13: 9780134425429
Published by Prentice Hall, 1997
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-----Large softcover, tight square and clean, flat uncreased spine, (xii) 308 pages, no names. "Between June 10 and September 22, 1692, nineteen people were hanged for practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. One person was pressed to death, and over 150 others were jailed, where still others died and many remained for several months. The Story of the Salem Witch Trials is a history of that event. It provides a much needed synthesis of the most recent scholarship on the subject, places the trials into the context of the Great European Withc-Hunt, and relates the events of 1692 to witch-hunting throughout seventeenth-century New England." Contents inlcude: Preface / "A Biography of a Terrible But Perfectly Normal Superstition" / The Origins of European Witchcraft / The Developments of European Witchcraft / The Great Eruopen Witch-hunts / "Haviang Familiarity with The Devil" / Witch-hunts in Seventeenth-Century America / Witch-hunts in 17th Century New England / Some Notable Witch Trials in 17th Century New England / The Pattern of Witch-hunt Activity in 17th Century New England / "The Evil Hand" Is Upon Them / A Glimpse at Salem's Past / The 1st Signs of the Devil / "Is Not This a Brand Plucked From the Burning?" / The Cased of Martha & Giles Corey and Dorcas Good / The Case of Rebecca Nurse / Deodat Lawson's Lecture Day Sermon / Sarah Cloyce Is Charged / Mary Easty Is Summoned / "If They Are Let Alone We Should All Be Devils and Witches" / The Cases of Elizabeth and John Proctor / Mary Warren Tries to Recant / Bridget Bishop & Abigail Hobbs are Charged / Seven of the Nine Are Formally Charged / The Ordeal Begins for Mary & Philip English / The "Black Minister" is Apprehended / Dorcas Hoar is Jailed / "God Will Deliver Us Out of The Hands of Unmerciful Men" / The Case of George Jacobs Sr. / John Willard Changes Sides / Daniel Andrew Is Charged / The Carys Escape / John Alden is Arrested / The Andover Witch-hunt / "God Will Give You Blood to Drink" / The Court of Oyer and Terminer is Established / Bridget Bishop is Tried / The Court Completes Its First Session / The First Mas Execution & its Effects / "What a Sad Thing It is to See Eight Firebrands of Hell Hanging There" / The Case of George Burroughs / The Proctors Are Condemned / The Cases of George Jacobs Sr., John Willard, & Martha Carrier / The Hangings of August / The Trials of September: The Cases of Martha Corey & Mary Easty / The Ordeal of Giles Corey / The Confessions of 1692 / "It Were Better That Ten Suspected Witches Should Escape, Than That One Innocent Person Should Be Condemned" / Voices Are Raised in Opposition to the Trials / Phips Dismisses the Court of Oyer and Terminer / The Jails Are Emptied / The Superior Court of Judicature / The Magistrates & the Court of Oyer and Terminer, Guilty As Charged? / "Ruined in the Mistaken Management of the Terrible Affair Called Witchcraft" / Cotton Mather & His "Wonders of the Invisible World" / Salem in Ruins / The Repenting Begins / Settling Up / Epilogue / Notes / Bibliography / index. Any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a stock photo Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005615

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Title: The Story of the Salem Witch Trials: We ...

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition 1st Printing.

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This book provides a one volume narrative of Salem Witch Trials that combines scholarly research with a dramatic narrative. It places the trials into the historical context of the Great European Witch Hunt and of the social and cultural context of witch hunting in 17th century New England. The book presents events in a narrative format that delivers the drama of the trials and leaves readers free to explore specific topics of their choosing in greater depth through an analysis of key issues at the end of most chapters. It includes a chapter on the Great European Witch Hunt which puts the Salem Witch Trials into historical context as well as a chapter on witch hunting in 17th century New England which provides an immediate social and cultural context. MARKETS: A fascinating and relevant book for any reader who wishes to learn more about this much misunderstood event in early American history.

About the Author:

Bryan Le Beau is Professor of History and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has published several books on various topics in American history, including this second edition of The Story of the Salem Witch Trials.


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