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Story of the Salem Witch Trials

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ISBN-10: 0205690297

ISBN-13: 9780205690299

Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)

Authors: Bryan F. LeBeau, Bryan Le Beau, Bryan F. Le Beau

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Bryan F. Le Beau is Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is the author/editor of several books, including The Story of the Salem Witch Trail and Religion in America to 1865 (also available from NYU Press).

Preface
"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
"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
"The Evil Hand" Is upon Them
A Glimpse at Salem's Past
The First Signs of the Devil
The Hearings Begin
"Is Not This a Brand Plucked From the Burning?"
The Cases of Martha and Giles Corey and Dorcas Good
The Case of Rebecca Nurse
Deodat Lawson's Lecture Day Sermon
Sarah Cloyce Is Charged
Mary Easty Is Summoned
The Pace Quickens
"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
"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 Alden Is Arrested
The Andover Witch-hunt
"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
"What a Sad Thing It Is to See Eight Firebrands of Hell Hanging There"
The Case of George Burroughs
The Proctors Are Condemned
The Case 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
The Ordeal of Giles Corey
The Mood in September 1692
The Confessions of 1692
"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?
"Ruined in the Mistaken Management of the Terrible Affair Called Witchcraft"
Cotton Mather and His "Wonders of the Invisible World"
Salem in Ruins
The Repenting Begins
Settling Up
Epilogue
Notes
A Select Bibliography
Appendix
Index