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Salem Witch Judge The Repentance of Samuel Sewall by Eve Laplante

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Published by HarperOne .
Written in English


  • History,
  • History - U.S,
  • History: American,
  • Christianity - History - General,
  • Religion, Politics & State,
  • United States - Colonial Period,
  • History / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775),
  • Biography,
  • Judges,
  • Massachusetts,
  • Merchants,
  • Puritans

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages368
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9236442M
ISBN 100060786612
ISBN 109780060786618

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Salem Witch Judge uses Samuel Sewall's journals and letters to create a portrait of who the man was, what his motivations could have been, and the influence he wielded over rulings that continue to affect the American public today. Eve LaPlante pieces together the portrait of a Harvard intellectual plagued by constant self-doubt and regret.5/5(5).   In Puritan Samuel Sewall sent twenty people to their deaths on trumped-up witchcraft charges. The nefarious witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts represent a low point of American history, made famous in works by Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne (himself a descendant of one of the judges), and Arthur Miller. The trials might have doomed Sewall to 3/5(4).   Samuel Sewall was the only judge from the Salem witch trials to publicly apologize for his involvement. While that apology is the source of the book’s title, the book actually covers his entire life as recorded in his journals. The author presents Sewall as charming and ahead of his time in regard to slavery, the treatment of native Americans Cited by: 4.   John Hathorne, Salem: a wealthy landowner and merchant who owned property as far as Maine, he had served as a Justice of the Peace and had mediated disputes in Salem. He was the great-great-grandfather of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who changed the spelling of the family name to get distance from the Salem witch trial history.

  The Salem Witch Trials judges were several men who served as judges during the Salem Witch Trials in On , Sir William Phips appointed nine of the colony’s magistrates to serve as judges on the newly created Court of Oyer and Terminer.   The infamous Salem witch trials were a series of prosecutions for witchcraft starting in in Salem Village, Massachusetts. Learn about what led to the allegations and the hundreds of people. In , Judge William Stoughton frowned from the bench at the misfortunate Salem men and women accused of witchcraft. His long, white hair flowing beneath his black skullcap, he appeared the living embodiment of an Old Testament judge, and the justice he dispensed helped send Salem’s “witches” to the gallows.   In Salem Witch Judge, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall's great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, draws on family lore, her ancestor's personal diaries, and archival documents to open a window onto life in colonial America, painting a portrait of a man traditionally vilified, but who was in fact an innovator and forefather /5(4).

Samuel Sewall (/ ˈ s uː əl /; Ma – January 1, ) was a judge, businessman, and printer in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, best known for his involvement in the Salem witch trials, for which he later apologized, and his essay The Selling of Joseph (), which criticized slavery. He served for many years as the chief justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court of. Here's the official synopsis of The Penguin Book of Witches, which is out today. From a manual for witchhunters written by King James himself in , to court documents from the Salemwitchtrials.   The year was , the town: Salem, Massachusetts. One of America’s earliest cases of mass hysteria was well underway as two hundred people were hauled before a judge, accused of witchcraft. 25 of them would die: 20 by execution, while five passed away in jail. The grizzly episode, backed by a rabid theocracy masquerading as [ ]. The Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts, USA, known as The Witch House, was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin (–) and is the only structure you can visit in Salem with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of