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The Resource A storm of witchcraft : the Salem trials and the American experience, Emerson W. Baker

A storm of witchcraft : the Salem trials and the American experience, Emerson W. Baker

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A storm of witchcraft : the Salem trials and the American experience
Title
A storm of witchcraft
Title remainder
the Salem trials and the American experience
Statement of responsibility
Emerson W. Baker
Title variation
Salem trials and the American experience
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Beginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. Villagers--mainly young women--suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, shriek, and contort their bodies, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work. The resulting Salem Witch Trials, culminating in the execution of 19 villagers, persists as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in American history. Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes for the witchcraft that stated in Salem and spread across the region-religious crisis, ergot poisoning, an encephalitis outbreak, frontier war hysteria--but most agree that there was no single factor. Rather, as Emerson Baker illustrates in this seminal new work, Salem was "a perfect storm": a unique convergence of conditions and events that produced something extraordinary throughout New England in 1692 and the following years, and which has haunted us ever since. Baker shows how a range of factors in the Bay colony in the 1690s, including a new charter and government, a lethal frontier war, and religious and political conflicts, set the stage for the dramatic events in Salem. Engaging a range of perspectives, he looks at the key players in the outbreak--the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them--and wrestles with questions about why the Salem tragedy unfolded as it did, and why it has become an enduring legacy." -- Amazon.com viewed on October 9, 2014
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
345.744/50288
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
  • KFM2478.8.W5
  • KFM2478.8.W5
LC item number
  • B35 2015
  • B35 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Pivotal moments in American history
Label
A storm of witchcraft : the Salem trials and the American experience, Emerson W. Baker
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: An old valueless cabinet -- Satan's storm -- The city upon a hill -- Drawing battle lines in Salem Village -- The aflicted -- The accused -- The judges -- An inextinguishable flame -- Salem end -- Witch City? -- Appendices
Control code
ocn875404017
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 398 pages
Isbn
9780190627805
Lccn
2014009692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)875404017
Label
A storm of witchcraft : the Salem trials and the American experience, Emerson W. Baker
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: An old valueless cabinet -- Satan's storm -- The city upon a hill -- Drawing battle lines in Salem Village -- The aflicted -- The accused -- The judges -- An inextinguishable flame -- Salem end -- Witch City? -- Appendices
Control code
ocn875404017
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 398 pages
Isbn
9780190627805
Lccn
2014009692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)875404017

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