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The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England

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On court days in colonial New England, folks gathered from miles around to listen as local magistrates convened to hear cases. In the abundant records extant from these hearings, we experience the passions and concerns of ordinary people, often in their own words, more than three centuries after the emotion-charged events that brought them to court. Rapaport is a lawyer and historian who, by drawing on these court records, has created an award-winning column for New England Ancestors, the journal of the New ...

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Overview

On court days in colonial New England, folks gathered from miles around to listen as local magistrates convened to hear cases. In the abundant records extant from these hearings, we experience the passions and concerns of ordinary people, often in their own words, more than three centuries after the emotion-charged events that brought them to court. Rapaport is a lawyer and historian who, by drawing on these court records, has created an award-winning column for New England Ancestors, the journal of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Some of the twenty-five true stories in The Naked Quaker were previously published there; others are new to this volume. Rapaport's topics include: "Witches and Wild Women," "Coupling," "Tavern Tales," and "Sunday Meeting." The title story concerns a Quaker woman who walked into Puritan Sunday meeting and dropped her dress in front of the gathering, to protest actions of the colonial authorities.

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Diane Rapaport's previous book was New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians, so it seems only right that she would share her own most exciting archival finds. As its title suggests, The Naked Quaker bares seldom-seen aspects of Colonial New England life. Representative chapter headings include "Witches & Wild Women," "Coupling," "Parents & Youth," "Tavern Tales," "Slaves & Servants," and "Neighbor vs. Neighbor." Glimpses into a vanished world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933212968
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 697,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has made a new career as an author and speaker, bringing history to life with true stories from early New England court records.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     xi
Witches and Wild Women     1
Coupling     15
Parents and Youth     29
Tavern Tales     41
Slaves and Servants     51
Neighbor Versus Neighbor     59
Sunday Meeting     73
Frontier Justice     83
Offshore Antics     99
Lawyers and Judges     109
Notes     123
Illustration Sources     133
Bibliography     135
Index     141
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