Judge Sewall S Apology The Salem Witch Trials And The Forming Of An American Conscience

Author: Richard Francis
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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The Salem witch hunt has entered our vocabulary as the very essence of injustice. Judge Samuel Sewall presided at these trials, passing harsh judgment on the condemned. But five years later, he publicly recanted his guilty verdicts and begged for forgiveness. This extraordinary act was a turning point not only for Sewall but also for America's nascent values and mores.

In Judge Sewall's Apology, Richard Francis draws on the judge's own diaries, which enables us to see the early colonists not as grim ideologues, but as flesh-and-blood idealists, striving for a new society while coming to terms with the desires and imperfections of ordinary life. Through this unsung hero of the American conscience -- a Puritan, an antislavery agitator, a defender of Native American rights, and a Utopian theorist -- we are granted a fresh perspective on a familiar drama.


Judge Sewall S Apology The Salem Witch Trials And The Forming Of A Conscience

Author: Richard Francis
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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The most evocative and richly contextualised account of the Salem Witch trials in print.

The Salem witch trials of 1692 have assumed mythical status. Immortalised by Arthur Miller's ‘The Crucible’, the witch-hunt is now part of our vocabulary. Yet the actual events have ben overshadowed by the myth. Biographer and novelist Richard Francis brings the reality back into focus with the story of Samuel Sewall, New England Puritan, Salem trial judge, publisher, entrepreneur and writer.

Sewall's life encompassed the tensions that faced the second generation colonists, caught between the staunch conservatism of the Founding Fathers and the possibilities their new world offered. Everywhere there was conflict, schism and violence, from the pagan Indians to dissenting settlers. Out of the struggle to maintain cohesion emerged the forces that drove the Salem tragedy. Five years after pronouncing judgment at the trials, Sewall walked into a Boston church and recanted the guilty verdicts, praying for forgiveness. Rarely remarked upon before now, this extraordinary act not only marked a turning point for Sewall, but arguably set the fledgling nation on the path that it has followed to this day.

In this intriguing biography, Richard Francis rediscovers a period of great cultural change and historical development, enabling us to see the colonial Puritans not as grim ideologues but as flesh-and-blood people. We witness the comical courtship of Sewall's later years; his attempts to square a prodigious appetite with the scruples of piety, and a disagreement that led him to pen the first anti-slavery tract ever written in America. Through Sewall’s life, we gain access to the lost wonders of the New World.


Judge Sewall S Apology

Author: Richard Francis
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
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In Judge Sewall's Apology, Richard Francis draws on the judge's own diaries, which enables us to see the early colonists not as grim ideologues, but as flesh-and-blood idealists, striving for a new society while coming to terms with the ...

The North Shore Literary Trail

Author: Kristin Bierfelt
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
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Central and South American immigrant population that is adding a new layer to
the town's international culture. ... subject of two recent biographies, Judge
Sewall's Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American
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Vexed With Devils

Author: Erika Gasser
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479831794
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“Letter of Thomas Brattle,” in Narratives of the New England Witchcraft Cases, ed.
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and the Forming of an American Conscience [New York: Fourth Estate/Harper ...

The Story Of The Salem Witch Trials

Author: Bryan F. Le Beau
Publisher: Routledge
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“The Salem Witchcraft Trials: Samuel Willards' Some Miscellany Observations,”
Essex Institute Historical Collections, 122 (July 1986): 207–236. ... Judge
Sewall's Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American
Conscience.

Crane Pond

Author: Richard Francis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609453565
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Salem Story

Author: Bernard Rosenthal
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521558204
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Salem Story engages the story of the Salem witch trials through an analysis of the surviving primary documentation and juxtaposes that against the way in which our culture has mythologized the events of 1692.

Tituba Reluctant Witch Of Salem

Author: Elaine G. Breslaw
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814786219
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In this important book, Elaine Breslaw claims to have rediscovered Tituba, the elusive, mysterious, and often mythologized Indian woman accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692 and immortalized in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Tom Paine S America

Author: Seth Cotlar
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
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In Europe such ideas quickly fell victim to a counter-Revolutionary backlash that defined Painite democracy as dangerous Jacobinism, and the story was much the same in America’s late 1790s.

Salem Witch Judge

Author: Eve LaPlante
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061753475
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He was the only Salem witch judge to make amends. But, remarkably, the judge's story didn't end there. Once he realized his error, Sewall turned his attention to other pressing social issues.