Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul BoyerSalem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul Boyer

Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft

byPaul Boyer, Stephen Nissenbaum

Paperback | January 1, 1976

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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.
Paul Boyer, Merle Curti Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Title:Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of WitchcraftFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.03 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.03 inPublished:January 1, 1976Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0674785266

ISBN - 13:9780674785267


Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Salem Village in the Seventeenth Century: A Chronology
  • Abbreviations Used in the Notes
  • Prologue: What Happened in 1692
  • 1. 1692: Some New Perspectives
  • 2. In Quest of Community, 1639–1687
  • 3. Afflicted Village, 1688–1697
  • 4. Salem Town and Salem Village: The Dynamics

From Our Editors

A brilliant analysis of the most famous case of witchcraft hysteria in American history.

Editorial Reviews

Salem Possessed is a provocative book. Drawing upon an impressive range of unpublished local sources, Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum provide a challenging new interpretation of the outbreak of witchcraft in Salem Village. A major contribution to the social history of colonial New England. Sophisticated and imaginative.