Salem-Village Witchcraft: A Documentary Record of Local Conflict in Colonial New England / Edition 2

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Few episodes in American history have aroused such intense and continued interest as the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. This volume draws exclusively on primary documents to reveal the underlying conflicts and tensions that caused that small, agricultural settlement to explode with such dramatic force.

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New edition of the Wadsworth original of 1972. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555531652
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 9/24/1993
  • Edition description: New edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL BOYER is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. STEPHEN NISSENBAUM is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. They are co-authors of Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft and The Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcripts.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Trials: Records of Five Witchcraft Cases 1
Ch. 1 Sara Good 3
Ch. 2 Rebecca Nurse 18
Ch. 3 Bridget Bishop 36
Ch. 4 John Willard 53
Ch. 5 George Burroughs 67
Ch. 6 Additional Testimony 91
Ch. 7 Contemporary Accounts and Reactions 96
Ch. 8 Comment by Outside Authorities: Civil and Ecclesiastical 117
Ch. 9 Three Sermons on Salem-Village Witchcraft 124
Pt. 2 The Accused 137
Ch. 10 Sarah Good 139
Ch. 11 Rebecca Nurse 148
Ch. 12 Bridget Bishop 155
Ch. 13 John Willard 163
Ch. 14 George Burroughs 170
Pt. 3 The Accusers 181
Ch. 15 Samuel Parris 183
Ch. 16 The Wilkins Family 199
Ch. 17 The Putnam Family 202
Pt. 4 The Community: Salem Village 227
Ch. 18 The Village Forms 229
Ch. 19 The Village Defines Itself 235
Ch. 20 The Village and Its Ministers 240
Ch. 21 The Salem-Village Book of Record, 1672-1697 313
Epilogue: Salem Village Becomes a Town 1752 373
App. List of Accused Witches Who Lived in or Around Salem Village 375
App. List of All Persons Accused of Witchcraft in 1692 376
App. Selected List of Accusers and Persons Against Whom They Testified 379
App. List of Defenders Connected with Salem Village 381
App. Places of Residence of the "Afflicted Girls" 382
App. Census of Salem Village in January 1692 383
Map: Salem Village in 1692 394
Numerical Index to Upham's Map 396
Map: Alphabetical Index to Upham's Map 398
Map: Guide to Grants of Land in Salem Village 400
Map: Guide to the Farms of Salem Village 404
Map: Nine Sectional Maps of Salem Village in 1700 406
Additional Genealogies of Some Salem-Village Families 415
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