Witches in America
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Everyone has their own spheres of interest, and one of my main ones is the behavior of crowds, mobs, or even small groups. Maybe election time is an especially good time to take a look at crowd behavior past.
I have just started reading the
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff.
Arthur Miller of course examined crowd behavior in The Crucible 1967 which was viewed by many as an allegory to the 1950s' anti-communist witch hunts.
Interesting background reading for the topic can be found at the following places
In France, the Valais witch trials
We all have a tall enough stack of TBR as it is. At this point in time I would not suggest your adding this book to that stack.
I have not read the author's other books such as Cleopatra: A Life. Both this and that subject have very little primary source material, which did not in either case prevent her from carrying on with the chosen topic.
Her frequent glibness and flights of fancy may appeal to some although not to me.
My thanks to you as well.
I had such great hopes for this book and was on the library reserve request line a month early, prior to its publication.
Added to that disappointment is that I find the topic of crowd behavior cut short. It is such an important topic and it needs to be discussed, but this book simply is not the diving board for delving into this topic.
The topic is especially interesting because my mother's ancestors are from Salem Town and Salem Village, the latter being the site of the 1692 witch trials and hangings. According to family tradition, we're descended from the Putnam family portrayed in The Crucible, although I think it must have been another contemporary Salemite with the same name.