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The Resource Tituba, reluctant witch of Salem : devilish Indians and Puritan fantasies, Elaine G. Breslaw

Tituba, reluctant witch of Salem : devilish Indians and Puritan fantasies, Elaine G. Breslaw

Label
Tituba, reluctant witch of Salem : devilish Indians and Puritan fantasies
Title
Tituba, reluctant witch of Salem
Title remainder
devilish Indians and Puritan fantasies
Statement of responsibility
Elaine G. Breslaw
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • By dividing her biography into two parts, one focusing on Tituba's roots in Barbados, the other on her life in Massachusetts, Breslaw emphasizes the inextricably linked worlds of the Caribbean and the North American colonies, illustrating how the Puritan worldview was influenced by its perception of possessed Indians. Tituba's confession, Breslaw argues, clearly reveals Tituba's savvy and determined efforts to protect herself by actively manipulating Puritan fears. This confession, perceived as evidence of a diabolical conspiracy, was the central agent in the cataclysmic series of events that saw nineteen people executed and over 150 imprisoned, including a young girl of five
  • With this important book, Elaine G. Breslaw has "found" Tituba, the elusive, mysterious, and often mythologized Indian woman accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692 and immortalized in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Reconstructing the life of the slave woman at the center of the notorious Salem witch trials, the book traces Tituba from her likely origins in South America to Barbados, forcefully dispelling the commonly held belief that Tituba was African. The uniquely multicultural nature of life on a seventeenth-century Barbadan sugar plantation - defined by a mixture of English, American Indian, and African ways and folklore - indelibly shaped the young Tituba's world and the mental images she brought with her to Massachusetts
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
  • N$T
  • N$T
Dewey number
974.4/5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F2230.2.A7
LC item number
T573 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The American social experience series
Series volume
35
Label
Tituba, reluctant witch of Salem : devilish Indians and Puritan fantasies, Elaine G. Breslaw
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-237) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44963026
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxv, 243 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585200057
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
.b41154277
Label
Tituba, reluctant witch of Salem : devilish Indians and Puritan fantasies, Elaine G. Breslaw
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-237) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44963026
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxv, 243 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585200057
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
.b41154277

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