Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft


This groundbreaking book from Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum closely examines 1692 Salem Village, and illuminates the family relationships, the geographical distances, the religious fears and beliefs, and the commercial aspirations of the people who populated this 17th century community, and how their growing factionalism led to one of the most unique and tragic events in American history. (1974, paperback)

Acclaim for Salem Possessed:

“An illuminating and imaginative interpretation . . .  of the social and moral state of Salem village in 1692.” –New York Review of Books

“A large achievement. This book is progressive history at its very best, with brilliant insights.” –American Historical Review


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Weight.6 lbs