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Story of the Salem Witch Trials, The, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Bryan LeBeau

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 27, 2009

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Appropriate as a supplementary text for undergraduate survey courses in U.S. history and Colonial American history.
This book provides a much needed synthesis of the major schools of thought and recent scholarship on the Salem witch trials. It places the trials into context of the Great European Witch Hunt and of witch hunting in 17th century New England within an accessible narrative format that is as dramatic as it is informative.  Through its narrative format it captures the the drama of the time and the event.  


Table of Contents

1. "A Biography of a Terrible, but Perfectly Normal Superstition"

The Origins of European Witchcraft

The Development of European Witchcraft

The Great European Witch-hunt

A Summary View of Witch-hunts in England

2. "Having Familiarity with the Devil"

Witch-hunts in Seventeenth Century America

Witch-hunts in Seventeenth Century New England

Some Notable Witch Trials in Seventeenth-Century New England

The Pattern of Witch-hunt Activity in Seventeenth-Century New England

3. "The Evil Hand" is upon Them

A Glimpse at Salem's Past

The First Signs of the Devil

The Hearings Begin

4. "Is Not this a Brand Plucked from the Burning?"

The Cases of Martha and Giles Corey and Dorcas Good

Deodate Lawson's Lecture Day Sermon

Sarah Cloyce is Charged

Mary Easty is Summoned

The Pace Quickens

5. "If They are Let Alone, We Should All be Devils and Witches"

The Cases of Elizabeth and John Proctor

Mary Warren Tries to Recant

Bridget Bishop and Abigail Hobbs Are Charged

Seven of the Nine Are Formally Charged
The Ordeal Begins for Mary and Philip English

The "Black Minister" is Apprehended

Dorcas Hoar is Jailed

6. "God Will Deliver Us Out of the Hands of Unmerciful Men"

The Case of George Jacobs Sr.

John Willard Changes Sides

Daniel Andrew Is Charged

The Carys Escape

John Alen is Arrested

The Andover Witch-hunt

7. "God Will Give You Blood to Drink"

The Court of Oyer and Terminer Is Established

Bridget Bishop is Tried

The Court Completes Its First Session

The First Mass Execution and Its Effects

8. "What a Sad Thing it is to See Eight Firebrands of Hell Hanging There"
The Case of George Burroughs

The Proctors Are Condemned

The Cases of George Jacobs Sr., John Willard, and Martha Carrier

The Hangings of August 19

The Trials of September:  The Cases of Martha Corey and Mary Easty

9. "It were Better that Ten Suspected Witches Should Escape, than that

    One Innocent Person Should be Condemned"

Voices are Raised in Opposition to the Trials

Phips Dismisses the Court of Oyer and Terminer

The Jails Are Emptied

The Superior Court of Judicature

The Magistrates and the Court of Oyer and Terminer, Guilty As Charged?

10. "Ruined in the Mistaken Mismanagement of the Terrible Affair

      Called Witchcraft"
Cotton Mather and His "Wonders of the Invisible World"

Salem in Ruins

The Repenting Begins

Settling Up

A Select Bibliography.

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$35.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-69030-5