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Salem Possessed : The Social Origins of Witchcraft

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ISBN13:

9780674785267

ISBN10:
0674785266
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/1/1976
Publisher(s):
Harvard Univ Pr
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Summary

The stark immediacy of what happened in 1692 has obscured the complex web of human passion which had been growing for more than a generation before building toward the climactic witch trials. "Salem Possessed explores the lives of the men and women who helped spin that web and who in the end found themselves entagled in it.

Table of Contents

Preface ix(8)
Salem Village in the Seventeenth Century: A Chronology xvii(3)
Abbreviations Used in the Notes xx
Prologue: What Happened in 1692 1(21)
1 1692: Some New Perspectives
22(15)
2 In Quest of Community, 1639-1687
37(23)
3 Afflicted Village, 1688-1697
60(20)
4 Salem Town and Salem Village: The Dynamics of Factional Conflict
80(30)
5 Two Families: The Porters and the Putnams
110(23)
6 Joseph and His Brothers: A Story of the Putnam Family
133(20)
7 Samuel Parris: A Pilgrim in Bethlehem
153(26)
8 Witchcraft and Social Identity
179(38)
Epilogue: To the Eighteenth Century 217(6)
Index 223


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