Tituba Reluctant : Witch Of Salem Essay

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In the biography Tituba Reluctant: Witch of Salem, Elaine G. Breslaw focuses on telling the narrative of Tituba an American Indian slave accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 and connecting her confessions to the fear of a diabolical conspiracy among the Puritan society. The author, Elaine G. Breslaw, graduated with a BA in History from Hunter College, received an MA in History from the same college, and completed graduate work with a Ph. D. from the University of Maryland. She has also taught History at multiple universities and colleges and has written multiple essays on the Salem witch hunt. (Elaine Breslaw Author & Speaker 2012) Breslaw organizes the book into two chronologically organized sections, the first section is titled Barbados and focuses on Tituba’s roots and life in Barbados, the second section is titled Massachusetts and focuses on Tituba’s new life in New England on Samuel Parris’s plantation all the way to the epilogue which describes the effects that Tituba’s confessions had on the people of Salem.
Breslaw begins the biography by addressing the multiple theories that seek to explain Tituba’s presence in Barbados, she disputes these theories by using evidence from multiple fields such as archeological evidence. The theory that Breslaw supports is one that states that Tituba had an Arawak-Guiana background. “Given the pattern of the slave trade in that area of the West Indies and the structure of Anglo-Dutch relations, it seems reasonable to…

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