Six Women of Salem

Six Women of Salem

The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials

Book - 2013
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Six Women of Salem is the first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women as a microcosm to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials. By the end of the trials, beyond the twenty who were executed and the five who perished in prison, 207 individuals had been accused, 74 had been afflicted," 32 had officially accused their fellow neighbours, and 255 ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn't include the religious, judicial, and governmental leaders. All this adds up to what the Rev. Cotton Mather called a desolation of names."The individuals involved are too often reduced to stock characters and stereotypes when accuracy is sacrificed to indignation. And although the flood of names and detail in the history of an extraordinary event like the Salem witch trials can swamp the individual lives involved, individuals still deserve to be remembered and, in remembering specific lives, modern readers can benefit from such historical intimacy. By examining the lives of six specific women, Marilynne Roach shows readers what it was like to be present throughout this horrific time and how it was impossible to live through it unchanged.
Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780306821202
0306821206
Branch Call Number: 133.4309 Roa
Characteristics: x, 445 p. : ill., maps

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May 11, 2014

Just finished this book - Very well done with great history. The author did a lot of work to bring us this story. I would tell anyone who likes the history of Salem to read this book. A few of the old English words were not to be understood, but as a whole a great read.

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