Biography of Samuel Sewall

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The Salem witch hunt has entered our vocabulary as the very essence of injustice. Judge Samuel Sewall presided at these trials, passing harsh judgment on the condemned. But five years later, he publicly recanted his guilty verdicts and begged for forgiveness. This extraordinary act was a turning point not only for Sewall but also for America's nascent values and mores.

In Judge Sewall's Apology, Richard Francis draws on the judge's own diaries, which enables us to see the early colonists not as grim ideologues, but as flesh-and-blood idealists, striving for a new society while coming to terms with the desires and imperfections of ordinary life. Through this unsung hero of the American conscience -- a Puritan, an antislavery agitator, a defender of Native American rights, and a Utopian theorist -- we are granted a fresh perspective on a familiar drama.

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"A sensitive and scholarly rendering with far-reaching perspectives that bring Sewall off the page...fresh [and] insightfully written."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An engrossing biography [that] gives readers insight into the character of colonial America...the author's gifts as a writer are evident."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Both an account of a troubling historical episode and the portrait of a troubled, complex man."--Wall Street Journal

A sensitive and scholarly rendering with far-reaching perspectives that bring Sewall off the page...fresh [and] insightfully written. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

An engrossing biography [that] gives readers insight into the character of colonial America the author s gifts as a writer are evident. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

Both an account of a troubling historical episode and the portrait of a troubled, complex man. --Wall Street Journal"

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Biographer and novelist Francis looks at the Salem witch hunt of 1692 with fresh eyes, through the story of Samuel Sewall, New England Puritan, Salem trial judge, antislavery agitator, defender of Native American rights, utopian theorist, family man. Thesecond-generation colonists were pitted against the pagan Native Americans and a hostile mother

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Book Description Fourth Estate, New York, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: new. First edition. 412 pages. With illustrations. Samuel Sewall was one of nine judges appointed to hear the Salem witch trials of 1692, and alone among them publicly apologized for his role in the incident five years later. A historian of American culture, Francis finds in that apology, and in Sewall's life in general, a demonstration of the end of the Puritan view of the world as a simple struggle between Good and Evil. He draws on Sewall's extensive and detailed diaries as well as on other primary sources. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Item Type: Hardback. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: North American History & Topography; Biographies, Memoirs & Autobiographies; Early Modern History (1600-1800); Occultism; Modern; Social and Cultural History. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 000452. Bookseller Inventory # 000452

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