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Witchcraft in Early North America - (American Controversies) by Alison Games (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 232

Genre: Body + Mind + Spirit

Series Title: American Controversies

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Book theme: Wicca)

Author: Alison Games

Language: English

Street Date: August 22, 2012
TCIN: 78685420
UPC: 9781442203587
Item Number (DPCI): 247-13-1995

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Games (history, Georgetown Univ.) makes a vital contribution to the pedagogical resources on early American witchcraft. With its introductory essay and interdependent collection of primary materials, the book demonstrates how accusations of witchcraft mediated colonial encounters between mutually illegible cultures. . . . Games's historical introduction broadens the scope of witchcraft study beyond New England to incorporate less familiar outbreaks in New France and New Spain. The author traces as well the conflicting beliefs European, Native, and African peoples brought to these encounters. A modest selection of Salem materials are among the 29 brief primary documents, which include legal documents, reports of first encounters, and possession narratives from across the continent. Games's premise is that the historical record tells the story slant; accordingly, this volume represents a necessary and ethical, albeit brief, attempt to counter the Anglo-centrism that has characterized witchcraft historiography. The author resituates episodes of witchcraft in the context of cultural contact and conflict in which they occurred, incorporating them into larger scholarly trends in the study of early America as a space of contact zones. . . . Summing Up: Recommended.--CHOICE
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