Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials
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... show more
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 neighbors, 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.
Publish date: September 3rd 2013
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Pages no: 472
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, American History
, 17th Century
Six Women of Salem Review plus Salem TV Trailer "Whenever we're looking for someway to explain our own misfortune, we're looking for outsiders, in someway a scapegoat; you know it's a lot easier to blame someone else for your misfortunes than yourself, right? And that's the origins of witchcraft....
Review in progress:Initial thoughts:+Deeply researched and well written.+ A large of information learned. +loved the narrative in the beginning.
This book is obviously well researched and there is quite a bit of information. It's a long book and I had a hard time getting through the first 20% due to a heavy amount of numbers and figures, dates and timelines without much interesting information After I got past about 20-40% of the book I was ...
Disclaimer: Read via uncorrected ARC via Netgalley.3.5-4 I’m not sure how most people learn about the Salem Witchcraft trials today, at least here in America. In my city, most of us learn about in brief by the reading of Miller’s The Crucible, which means they are always linked, for better or worse...