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Witchcraft in Early North America
     

Witchcraft in Early North America

by Alison Games
 

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ISBN-10: 1442203587

ISBN-13: 9781442203587

Pub. Date: 08/22/2012

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Witchcraft in Early North America investigates European, African, and Indian witchcraft beliefs and their expression in colonial America. Alison Games's engaging book takes us beyond the infamous outbreak at Salem, Massachusetts, to look at how witchcraft was a central feature of colonial societies in North America. Her substantial and lively introduction orients

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Witchcraft in Early North America investigates European, African, and Indian witchcraft beliefs and their expression in colonial America. Alison Games's engaging book takes us beyond the infamous outbreak at Salem, Massachusetts, to look at how witchcraft was a central feature of colonial societies in North America. Her substantial and lively introduction orients readers to the subject and to the rich selection of documents that follows. The documents begin with first encounters between European missionaries and Native Americans in New France and New Mexico, and they conclude with witch hunts among Native Americans in the years of the early American republic. The documents—some of which have never been published previously—include excerpts from trials in Virginia, New Mexico, and Massachusetts; accounts of outbreaks in Salem, Abiquiu (New Mexico), and among the Delaware Indians; descriptions of possession; legal codes; and allegations of poisoning by slaves. The documents raise issues central to legal, cultural, social, religious, and gender history. This fascinating topic and the book’s broad geographic and chronological coverage make this book ideally suited for readers interested in new approaches to colonial history and the history of witchcraft.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442203587
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/22/2012
Series:
American Controversies Series
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,208,278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Part I: Witchcraft in Early North America: An Introduction
Part II: Primary Documents
First Impressions
Resistance and the Devil
English Witch Beliefs Cross the Atlantic
New Worlds
Two Cases of Possession
Outbreaks

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