In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

by Mary Beth Norton
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In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton

Award-winning historian Mary Beth Norton reexamines the Salem witch trials in this startlingly original, meticulously researched, and utterly riveting study.

In 1692 the people of Massachusetts were living in fear, and not solely of satanic afflictions. Horrifyingly violent Indian attacks had all but emptied the northern frontier of settlers, and many traumatized refugees—including the main accusers of witches—had fled to communities like Salem. Meanwhile the colony’s leaders, defensive about their own failure to protect the frontier, pondered how God’s people could be suffering at the hands of savages. Struck by the similarities between what the refugees had witnessed and what the witchcraft “victims” described, many were quick to see a vast conspiracy of the Devil (in league with the French and the Indians) threatening New England on all sides. By providing this essential context to the famous events, and by casting her net well beyond the borders of Salem itself, Norton sheds new light on one of the most perplexing and fascinating periods in our history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375706905
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 257,243
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Beth Norton is Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University. She is the author of The British-Americans: The Loyalist Exiles in England, 1774—1789 (1972); Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750—1800 (1980); Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society (1996), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and (with five others) A People and a Nation (6th ed., 2001). She has also edited several works on women’s history and served as the general editor of The AHA Guide to Historical Literature (3rd ed., 1995).

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In the Devil's Snare 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting revisitation / reexamination of the Salem / Andover witch trials, tying the witch 'sightings' in with the 'Indian Wars' of Maine from that time period. I enjoyed the details furnished by Prof. Norton's meticulous research. Norton helps us remember the names and faces of those persons unjustly hung and crushed in the name of religion. She also follows through on the later lives of those saved from the gallows and of the false accusers. A very good history of a dark period in American history.
FARIEQUEENE More than 1 year ago
Out of thousands of titles that show no true research and are packed with assumptions, its great to have one that is factual and well researched.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norton emerses the reader into a 308-page ridiculously detailed chronological report of the now infamous Salem witch trials. while unique, and certainly well researched, I believe that in the end, the intended revolutionary message was lost in a sea of facts and unrelated facets. However, for one who wishes to study what transgressed in Salem in 1692, this is your Bible. In the end, In the Devil's Snare is a wonderful piece of research, yet lacks gravity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Historical accounting from beginning to end of the Salem tragedy. Explains the why, who, when and how of the whole situation - I felt a host of emotions while reading this book. Makes you feel glad you were not living in Salem at the time! This is an extremely interesting and important part of American history and shows just what can happen when our imaginations and fears get the best of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting introspective into the Salem Witch Trials. Personally, I have various books of this subject matter as well as the murderous rampage in europe in the 14th-16th century. Know your history or you will be doomed to repeat it.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. it has a lot of facts, and shows what the Salem Witch Trials were all about. I dont want to say anymore because i dont want to spoil it for the reader, but take a strangers word for it. it is very good!
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