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Switching sides : how a generation of historians lost sympathy for the victims of the Salem witch hunt

Author: Tony Fels
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Switching Sides, Tony Fels traces a remarkable shift in scholarly interpretations of the Salem witch hunt from the post{u2013}World War II era up through the present. Fels explains that for a new generation of historians influenced by the radicalism of the New Left in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Salem panic acquired a startlingly different meaning. Determined to champion the common people of colonial New  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Fels
ISBN: 9781421424378 1421424371
OCLC Number: 999673278
Description: xvi, 262 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Starkey's devil in Massachusetts and the Post-World War II consensus --
Boyer and Nissenbaum's Salem possessed and the anti-capitalist critique --
An aside: investigations into the practice of actual witchcraft in seventeenth-century New England --
Demos's entertaining satan and the functionalist perspective --
Karlsen's devil in the shape of a woman and feminist interpretations --
Norton's in the devil's snare and racial approaches, I --
Norton's in the devil's snare and racial approaches, II.
Responsibility: Tony Fels.

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Readers will come away from the book with a sound knowledge of what is currently known about the Salem witch hunt-and pondering the relationship between works of history and the ideological  Read more...
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This is a book that is important in college, especially for young historians, because it helps us become better ones and shows us that ways of looking at things do change. Even people who are not Read more...

 
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