Essay about Salem Possessed : The Social Origins Of Witchcraft

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Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum’s book Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft is separated into 10 chapters: Prologue: What Happened in 1692; 1692: Some new Perspectives; In Quest of Community, 1639-1687; Afflicted Village, 1688-1697; Salem Town and Salem Village: The Dynamics of Factional Conflict; Two Families: The Porters and the Putnams; Joseph and His Brothers: A Story of the Putnam Family; Samuel Parris: A Pilgrim in Bethlehem; Witchcraft and Social Identity; and Epilogue: To the Eighteenth Century. Each chapter is subdivided into segments such as “Witchcraft”, “Stopping the Trials: Ministers and the Question of Evidence” and “The Development of Village Factionalism.”

Salem Possessed includes a seven page preface and finishes with a nine page index. The book also has a five page epilogue and a twenty- one page prologue. There are seven maps throughout the book including “Salem Town and Village” and “Land Ownership and Factionalism: Salem Village in 1695.” The book includes six charts such as “Wealth and Salem Village Church Membership” and “Average Size of Salem Village Land Holdings, 1640-1700.” Salem Possessed also contains three genealogies of the Putnam Family, the Porter Family, and the Family of Thomas Putnam, Sr.. This book also has a timeline in chronological order called “Salem Village in the Seventeenth Century: A Chronology.” It also has a primary source including narrations and a document from 1692. Lastly, the book contains citations on…

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