Cotton Mather

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Cotton Mather was the most prominent minister of his time, one whose sermons influenced generations of religious believers. Married three times and the father of 15 children, Mather was an extraordinarily prolific writer and was involved in politics and science. The story of his life gives a view of a turbulent period in American history, during which the strict religious beliefs of the early Puritan settlers began to be challenged by a more secular, worldly view of society. During this time, it was Mather's ...

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Overview

Cotton Mather was the most prominent minister of his time, one whose sermons influenced generations of religious believers. Married three times and the father of 15 children, Mather was an extraordinarily prolific writer and was involved in politics and science. The story of his life gives a view of a turbulent period in American history, during which the strict religious beliefs of the early Puritan settlers began to be challenged by a more secular, worldly view of society. During this time, it was Mather's writings, views, and behavior that would spark and influence the Salem Witch Trials.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604137361
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Leaders of the Colonial Era Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,043,888
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Goodwin Family 7

2 The Puritans 17

3 Three Generations of Mathers 27

4 His Father's Son 36

5 The Salem Witch Trials 52

6 A Changing New England 69

7 The Most Prominent Minister in America 81

8 Family Troubles 94

9 A Return to Science 105

Chronology and Timeline 116

Bibliography 119

Further Resources 121

Picture Credits 122

Index 123

About the Author 127

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