Judge Sewall's Apology
The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience

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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.

AuthorRichard Francis
Height800 mm
Length531 mm
Width69 mm
Weight77 g
Language TypePublished
MPNblack & white illustrations
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages432
Package Quantity1
Part Numberblack & white illustrations
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2006-08-01
PublisherHarper Perennial
StudioHarper Perennial

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