Thus I asked myself: if I am finding simply reading this material in chronological order to be so disturbing, what would it have been like to live through these same weeks? But sometimes she goes a little far, tracing people from Salem back to towns on the Maine coast where they may or may not have lived, and people they may or may not have known very well. She explores the role of gossip and delves into the question of why women and girls under the age of twenty-five, who were the most active accusers and who would normally be ignored by male magistrates, were suddenly given absolute credence. He is having sexual relations with the only two women in the film, Conchita and Carmen, and neither of them knows of his promiscuity. The E-mail message field is required. It felt like a I loved this book because I got to learn so much about a subject that I've always been really interested in. The Amish in my perspective live in the margins of society, in-between law and structure.
In the end nobody will know for sure why Salem played out the way it did but Norton's take on it with the Indian Wars theory 4. In fact, Tituba may have been the only one if I remember correctly. In terms of completeness, her work wins a gold star. Norton's main contribution, outside of her careful detailing of the accusations, trials, and executions, is the weaving in of the Indian Wars that occurred in the decades just prior to the witch crisis, as Norton is attempting to e Fascinating work of history from Norton, who takes an event that is among the more well-known in early American history well, at least parts of it , and infuses it with life and meaning through careful scholarship and an attentiveness to social and political context. Yet I worked my way through the records in a different order, by date of accusation, all the while compiling first a master list of events and then actual monthly, weekly, and daily calendars laid out schematically so that I could understand more clearly what had happened, and when. As an avid reader of all things Salem 1692 I felt it was time to pick up a non-fiction text that has been referenced a great deal in the fiction that is out there.
And it seemed like there was a lot of good information in here, everything was very detailed and in depth. It covers the trials very thoroughly. Finally, the accusers admitted they were faking it. A rabble-rouser of a book. What if I produced a genuinely chronological narrative that pulled apart the evidence presented in the courtrooms to describe what happened when it happened rather than when it was later described in court, which was how other authors had organized their tales? The connections weren't, I felt, fully brought together until the conclusion and I would've like a bit more interconnectivity throughout the narrative. Normally, according to Norton, the middle-aged men in charge of Massachusetts didn't pay much attention to the actions and accusations of teenage girls.
The connections between the residents of Salem, residents of other parts of Essex County, people back in England, etc, is mind-boggling. It is very difficult to fathom the idea that a father, biological or not, could murder his son. I'm a history nerd, love colonial history, and a total dork about community-wide paranoia and I still couldn't get past how dry this book got at times. Mary Beth Norton chose to lay out her version of the witchcraft trials in her book, In the Devil's Snare. Trials were held, interrogation and evidence methods reflected strong bias, and a striking number of women and men were hanged for witchcraft -- many of whom were believed to be innocent only months after the fact. We've got each of the examine, and when all the info tend to be accurate, we're going to release on the web site.
However, the book is very heavy with this evidence. These issues needed an explanation. Norton provides a unique explanation for the whole thing -- that it was mostly about the Indian Wars in Maine that caused severe trauma among the salem and surrounding community. I also loved the argument that the atmosphere of the wars is what really set the stage for the trials to blow up the way they did, I think that makes a lot of sense and it's a perspective I didn't know a lot about before. Award-winning historian Mary Beth Norton reexamines the Salem witch trials in this startlingly original, meticulously researched, and utterly riveting study. I'm a history nerd, love colonial history, and a total dork about community-wide paranoia and I still couldn't get past how dry this book got at times.
Her book is intricate and detailed. This fear created conditions in which people under stress looked to assign blame to those with whom they disagreed or suspected of malevolent acts. It was a very strange and unfortunate event. But as one of America's most often produced plays, it casts a spell over our cultural imagination that complicates the historian's task. However, she only lays out this premise clearly in the afterword, and before that writes tedious alternating chapters about the trials and the Indian Wars, without drawing the parallels.
Moreover, as Norton shows, some judges used this opportunity of blaming witches to assuage their own guilt over their responsibility for political, economic and military mismanagement. In terms of entertainment value well, as entertaining as a terrible and scary time can be made out to be not so much. Norton moves beyond the immediate vicinity of Salem to demonstrate how the Indian wars on the Maine frontier in the last quarter of that century stunned the collective mindset of northeastern New England and convinced virtually everyone that they were in the devil's snare. She names the names, but they remain just names - who went here, said that, did this. She explores the role of gossip and delves into the question of why women and girls under the age of twenty-five, who were the most active accusers and who would normally be ignored by male magistrates, were suddenly given absolute credence. Horrifyingly violent Indian attacks had all but emptied the northern frontier of settlers, and many traumatized refugees--including the main accusers of witches--had fled to communities like Salem. I do think that occasionally Norton draws a dubious parallel between people involved with the witch trials and activity on the frontier.
Suddenly, laws were being applied in ways that would have been unthinkable before the attacks. Meanwhile, evidence against other possible murderers, such as John Mark Byers was disregarded. Elliot examines the history of early modern Spain from the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, to the reformation of the Spanish government by the first member of the Bourbon dynasty. Norton has won and from the , the , and the. Norton builds her case with the precision of a criminal prosecutor.
Norton says that accusations of witchcraft rarely resulted in a conviction before 1692. The colonists thus found themselves, says Norton, being punished both by visible spirits Indians and invisible ones the devil. During the Salem witchcraft crisis, Puritans struggled to decipher communal security and find the truth around them. In most of the fiction I've come across, the interactions with the Native people has been reduced to wallpaper that just provides a little scene setting for the main events of the outcries, trials, convictions, and executions of many innocent people in Salem and surrounding towns. If you have an interest in the witch trials. This is a comprehensive look at the Salem Witch trials of 1692 that has been meticulously researched and footnoted by an historian who specializes in colonial America. This book presented a fresh viewpoint on the Salem Witch Trials that I'd never seen put forth as possible cruxes to the extreme volitility of the accusations put forth during this infamous period.
This is a major turn in the Salem historiography, and certainly seems to be a plausible explanation. She also, in the conclusion, addresses the question of the afflicted girls--sensibly and with attention to nuance. And, like all good arguments, it leaves one or two questions unanswered. Then I turned to the young accusers. With detailed primary source research, Norton shows how almost all of the accused and accusers had ties to the Indian war which didn't go well and had a number of atrocities in the North.