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America bewitched : the story of witchcraft after Salem

Author: Owen Davies
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Reveals how witchcraft in post-Salem America was not just a matter of scary fireside tales, Halloween legends, and superstitions: it continued to be a matter of life and death. If anything, witchcraft disputes multiplied as hundreds of thousands of immigrants poured into North America, people for whom witchcraft was still a heinous crime. Tells the story of countless murders and many other personal tragedies that

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Owen Davies
ISBN: 9780199578719 0199578710 9780198745389 0198745389
OCLC Number: 812686039
Description: viii, 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Aftermath : Salem: never again? ; The witchcraft of others ; Reporting witchcraft ; Where to find witchcraft ; A five points witch --
2. Magic of a new land : Snakes and roots ; Witch balls ; What happened to the fairies? ; They shoot witches don't they? --
3. The law : The squire ; Fiasco in Fentress ; Delaware witches beware ; What's in a name? ; Dealing with slander German-style ; Popular understanding --
4. Witches : Three sorts of witch ; Doing witchcraft: lizards, bags, and dolls ; Witchcraft fantasies ; Skin shedding and shape-shifting ; The new witches --
5. Dealing with witches : Pillow talk ; Confronting the witch ; The witch must die ; Attacking from a distance ; Warding off witchery ; Written charms ; Catholic armoury ; Bringing in the experts --
6. Dealing with witch believers : The other Salem witch trials ; Alaska: of barbers and gunboats ; The Pennsylvania problem --
7. Insanity : Putting it to the test ; Blame it on the roots ; Paranoia in the heat ; A danger to the public: incarcerating witch believers --
8. Witch killings up close : Beard-stroking and friendly words: witchcraft in Sullivan County ; Big trouble at Booger Hole ; Solomon Hotema: Choctaw witch killer --
9. Times a-changing : Reinventing witchcraft ; Finding an American heritage ; And so back to Salem.
Responsibility: Owen Davies.


The first major history of witchcraft in America - from the Salem witch trials of 1692 to the present day.  Read more...


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Davies tells a highly original story, yet one that makes instant sense. This is a vivid, arresting, insightful book, written with sympathy and human understanding. It extends Davies's reputation as Read more...

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