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Governing the tongue : the politics of speech in early New England

Author: Jane Kamensky
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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Colonial New Englanders would have found our modern notions of free speech very strange indeed. Children today shrug off harsh words by chanting "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me," but in the seventeenth century people felt differently. "A soft tongue breaketh the bone," they often said. Governing the Tongue explains why the spoken word assumed such importance in the culture of early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kamensky, Jane.
Governing the tongue.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Kamensky
ISBN: 0585223483 9780585223483 1280449845 9781280449840 9780195090802 0195090802
OCLC Number: 44960875
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 291 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1 The Sweetest Meat, the Bitterest Poison 17 --
2 A Most Unquiet Hiding Place 43 --
3 The Misgovernment of Woman's Tongue 71 --
4 "Publick Fathers" and Cursing Sons 99 --
5 Saying and Unsaying 127 --
6 The Tongue Is a Witch 150 --
Appendix Litigation over Speech in Massachusetts, 1630-1692 195.
Responsibility: Jane Kamensky.
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Explaining why the spoken word assumed such importance in the culture of early New England, the author re-examines such famous Puritan events as the Salem witch trials and the banishment of Anne  Read more...

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