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Author Francis, Richard, 1945-

Title Judge Sewall's apology : the Salem witch trials and the forming of the American conscience / Richard Francis.

Imprint New York : Fourth Estate, c2005.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Sewall,S FRA    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 SEWALL,S FRA    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction    92 SEWALL,S FRA    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xvii, 412 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [385]-395) and index.
Summary Biographer and novelist Francis looks at the Salem witch hunt of 1692 with fresh eyes, through the story of Samuel Sewall, New England Puritan, Salem trial judge, antislavery agitator, defender of Native American rights, utopian theorist, family man. The second-generation colonists were pitted against the pagan Native Americans and a hostile mother country intent on imposing control. Out of the struggle to maintain unity emerged the forces that drove the Salem tragedy. Five guilt-wracked years after pronouncing judgment, Sewall recanted the guilty verdicts, praying for forgiveness. This marked the moment when modern American values came into being--the shift from an almost medieval view of good and evil to a respect for the mysteries of the human heart. Drawing on Sewall's diaries, Francis shows us the early colonists as flesh and blood idealists, striving for a new society while coming to terms with the imperfections of ordinary life.--From publisher description.
Subject Sewall, Samuel, 1652-1730.
Sewall, Samuel, 1652-1730 -- Ethics.
Puritans -- Massachusetts -- Biography.
Judges -- Massachusetts -- Biography.
Merchants -- Massachusetts -- Biography.
Trials (Witchcraft) -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- History -- 17th century.
Massachusetts -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Salem (Mass.) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
ISBN 0007163622 : $25.95
Standard No. 9780007163625 52595

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