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The Salem Witchcraft Trials: A Legal History Paperback – October 8, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Landmark Law Cases & American Society
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (October 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700608591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700608591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book provides perhaps the best one-volume introduction to an episode that has challenged historians for centuries. It provides not only a lucid and engrossing narrative but also satisfying explanations that seamlessly interweave the best of modern scholarship."--David Thomas Konig, editor of Devising Liberty: Preserving and Creating Freedom in the New American Republic

"Hoffer writes with a rare lucidity and vividness, and with a rare compassion as well. He makes the actors in this perplexing drama as comprehensible as they are ever likely to be."--Michael Zuckerman, author of Almost Chosen People and Peaceable Kingdoms

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Peter Charles Hoffer, research professor of history at the University of Georgia, is the author of The Devil's Disciples: Makers of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, Law and People in Colonial America, and other books on legal history.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carolynn ni Lochlainn on March 21, 2013
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This book is full of theories easily proven and ideas that are common-sense and stuff we never heard about in social studies and history classes. The with trials were NOT about religion, they were about factions in a small, bored town. It is absolutely fascinating. Can't recommend this highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Fowler on April 12, 2014
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The book centers more on the social and philisophical aspects leading up to the many trials which is a little dull. However it mentions my grandmother (7th great) which just fasinates me completely. Our family has artifact dating back to the 1690's so it is interesting to see what one man surmises was the reason these poor, innocent women (and a few men), were tortured and hanged. The author, unwittingly I'm sure, lays a great deal of the blame on the religious leader attempting to increase his congregation by means of fear and "fire and brimestone", so to speak. Isn't that just a little bit true of what is happening in our world today where men claim goodwill in the name of religion but slaughter the masses to enrich and empower them and their belief? My "witch" was Suzannah North Martin and I would welcome hearing from any of the relatives of the other "witches".
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By Teresa Horine on June 11, 2014
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Y'all did a great job. Keep up the work. I will reorder it again from u. It was my fault I put wrong address and it when next door. They kept it. Thanks
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By Daniel Busman II on November 7, 2013
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I needed this book for a research project for college and it proved to be a good purchase. It had some good information about the trials and worked out well.
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By Angie on November 30, 2014
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Probably the best book I have ever read on the Salem Witch Trials. (and I've read my fair share).

Well written, informative, and interesting. Gets you the meaty information without boring you to tears.
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