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Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. In this book, they investigate the financial strains of Salem, Massachusetts in the months and years paving the way to the Salem Witch Trials of and , during which nineteen peoples were hanged after being seen as liable of witchcraft. In the initial two segments, Boyer and Nissenbaum offer a wide outline of what occurred in In spite of the fact that witch trials had become uncommon all through the vast majority of Europe, they were resuscitated in the New World, particularly among Puritan settlers.
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Boyer, Paul and Stephen Nissenbaum. Too frequently the true happenings of the Salem Witch Trials are mythicized, distorted to the point where one can no longer separate fact from fiction. It is difficult to rely on the opinions of others for accurate depictions of what really occurred at that time for many reasons. Interest in witchcraft has escalated over the past few decades and new books are often being written. The trouble with many of these books, in the past and recently, is that many are not written from a historical perspective.
Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum's Salem Possessed explores the pre-existing social and economic divisions within the Salem Village community, as an entry point to understand the accusations of witchcraft in According to Boyer and Nissenbaum, the village split into two factions: one interested in gaining more autonomy for Salem Village and led by the Putnam family, and the other, interested in the mercantile and political life of Salem Town and led by the Porter family. Boyer and Nissenbaum's deft and imaginative look at local records reveals the contours of communal life in colonial New England and provides a model through which to understand the witchcraft accusations as part of a larger pattern of communal strife.