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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Governing the Tongue explains why the spoken word assumed such importance in the culture of early New England. Author Jane Kamensky re-examines such famous events as the Salem witch trials and the banishment of Anne Hutchinson - as well as the little-known words of unsung individuals - to expose the ever-present fear of what the Puritans called "sins of the tongue." But if New Englanders despised some kinds of
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Kamensky
ISBN: 0195090802 9780195090802
OCLC Number: 36647857
Description: 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Sweetest Meat, the Bitterest Poison --
A Most Unquiet Hiding Place --
The Misgovernment of Woman's Tongue --
"Publick Fathers" and Cursing Sons --
Saying and Unsaying --
The Tongue Is a Witch --
Litigation over Speech in Massachusetts, 1630-1692.
Responsibility: Jane Kamensky.
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