America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem

America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem

OwenDavies / Apr 05, 2020
America Bewitched The Story of Witchcraft After Salem America Bewitched is a history of witchcraft in America from the Salem witch trials of to the present day The infamous Salem trials are etched into the consciousness of modern America the human
  • Title: America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem
  • Author: OwenDavies
  • ISBN: 9780199578719
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • America Bewitched is a history of witchcraft in America from the Salem witch trials of 1692 to the present day.The infamous Salem trials are etched into the consciousness of modern America, the human toll a reminder of the dangers of intolerance and persecution The refrain Remember Salem was invoked frequently over the ensuing centuries As time passed, the trials America Bewitched is a history of witchcraft in America from the Salem witch trials of 1692 to the present day.The infamous Salem trials are etched into the consciousness of modern America, the human toll a reminder of the dangers of intolerance and persecution The refrain Remember Salem was invoked frequently over the ensuing centuries As time passed, the trials became a milepost measuring the distance America had progressed from its colonial past, its victims now the the righteous and their persecutors the shamed Yet the story of witchcraft did not end as the American Enlightenment dawned a new, long, and chilling chapter was about to begin.Witchcraft after Salem was not just a story of fireside tales, legends, and superstitions it continued to be a matter of life and death, souring the American dream for many We know of people killed as witches between 1692 and the 1950s than were executed before it Witches were part of the story of the decimation of the Native Americans, the experience of slavery and emancipation, and the immigrant experience they were embedded in the religious and social history of the country Yet the history of American witchcraft between the 18th and the 20th century also tells a less traumatic story, on that shows how different cultures interacted and shaped each other s languages and beliefs This is therefore much than the tale of one persecuted community it opens a fascinating window on the fears, prejudices, hopes, and dreams of the American people as their country rose from colony to superpower.
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        Owen Davies is a reader in Social History at the University of Hertfordshire His main field of research is on the history of modern and contemporary witchcraft and magic.His interest in the history of witchcraft and magic developed out of a childhood interest in folklore and mythology, which was spawned in part from reading the books of Alan Garner From around the age of sixteen, he also became interested in archaeology and began to get involved with field walking and earthwork surveying He then went on to study archaeology and history at Cardiff University and he spent many weeks over the next six years helping excavate Bronze Age and Neolithic sites in France and England, mostly in the area around Avebury He developed a strong interest in archaeology in general, and the ritual monuments and practices of the Neolithic and Bronze Age.From Cardiff, he went on to write a doctorate at Lancaster University, working on a thesis looking at the continuation and decline of popular belief in witchcraft and magic from the Witchcraft Act 1735 to the Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951 1991 1994.


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    1. America Bewitched is a fascinating examination of the legal and social issues surrounding the belief of Witchcraft in the United States Owen Davies details in a balanced, straightforward manner how the witchcraft trials of the New World did not end with the horrors of Salem While the mass killing of alleged witches ended with Salem, the smaller scale assaults on accused witches continued into the early 20th century.Central to the author s research was digging into the civil court records Most wo [...]


    2. The author lays out clear evidence that belief in witchcraft was still alive and well in America through the 1800 s and even lingering well into the 20th century, kept alive in rural communities where people were inclined to take the bible literally and renewed in cities by waves of immigrants bringing their own witchcraft traditions The information is comprehensive, covering many communities across America and the interplay and exchange of beliefs between them It had never occurred to me that c [...]


    3. Moderately informative book which provides a great deal of anecdotal information but too little analysis When he does stop to observe the witchcraft accusations stories incidents law suits that followed Salem right up to the 20th century Davies offers that, in an immigrant nation, each new generation of Americans came to U.S shores with its own collection of witchcraft beliefs that played out in one fashion or another And each of these generations was unaware of earlier American history, with re [...]


    4. Author Owen Davies has written several good books in on magical and pagan subject His work is both scholarly and objective The book is entertaining and easy to read His points are supported by stories and case examples.Since the witch burnings in the British colony Salem, Massachusetts close to the present day witches or suspected witches were persecuted in one form or another Several laws were on the books that called for the penalizing of suspected witches While in post Salem America they were [...]


    5. The Salem Witch Trials were a horrible period in history and after the witch hysteria ended there, that seemed to be it Or so, most history books make you think that is the story This book is about what happened after Salem the continued belief in witches and people still being killed for supposedly being witches The book was interesting, very informative and I think an important read It should be known that the people in Salem weren t the only victims of witch hysteria The author does a good jo [...]


    6. This what NOT what I expected I thought it would be a silly fluffy overview of witches in pop culture, similar to some I ve read on monsters No This is a well researched, in depth review of cases that occurred after 1692 Imagine my surprise to find chapters on The Law and Witches opening entire new lines in my lawyer brain Also, there s a chapter devoted to Medicine and Witchcraft, and how mental illness, at times, may explain both the accusers and the accused The book is a bit dry in places, an [...]


    7. A very useful overview of America and the concept of witchcraft Apart from making us colonials look a bit gullible, this is a fine study It is very informative and gives quite a bit of information from both newspapers of the period and trial records Very interesting information here Further comments may be located on my blog Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.


    8. Fascinating, but very dense Skim this unless you simply must know every last detail about witchcraft in America post Salem up through the present day Really good, but will be daunting to most readers.



    9. It was okay Lots of information that I had no idea about, though it became a little boring for me not sure why.


    10. I have to admit I didn t finish this book, I just didn t have time But I wish I did A detailed account of the intersection of folk beliefs about witchcraft and U.S legal system Takes into account all races and ethnic groups and all levels of government all the way from the colonial era to the 1940s Fascinating.


    11. I enjoyed and am impressed with Davies collection of information about witchcraft belief in the US and it is a book about belief he makes no statements about the reality of any of the witchcraft he mentions, nor is the evidence aimed at substantiating or disproving the beliefs It is also not a book about the development of neo paganism This book records how people from America s diverse cultural backgrounds shared beliefs that there were witches people with the ability and predisposition to harm [...]


    12. First sentence Nineteen people executed, one man pressed to death during interrogation, and four others perished in gaol Most Americans like to pretend that the persecution of witches and belief in witchcraft magically disappeared when the Salem Witch trials ended We like to think that after that we were much civilized than our European counterparts and moved past the belief of a silly fantasy like witchcraft Nothing could be wrong In this book, Owen Davies tells the story of witchcraft across [...]


    13. 3 1 2 stars My Review I received an advanced reader copy for purposes of an honest review from Net Galley My opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by receiving this book In my life I ve lived in two cities much affected by the American history of witchcraft One is New Orleans where I was born and raised for much of my life, with voodoo and witchcraft as much a part of my blood as gumbo and Mardi Gras After Hurricane Katrina, I migrated northward to Massachusetts where I now live only [...]


    14. So You really thought the witch panic ended in America with the great embarrassment that was Salem Actually it did not Oh sure, maybe there were no legal hangings, but the spectre of magic and witchcraft has hung around to this very day.Only this time it played out differently Many witchcraft cases were described as reversed people accused of being witches suing those making the slanderous accusations.You also had people taking the law into their own hands, and murdering those they believed had [...]


    15. I gave this three stars only because it wasn t what I thought it would be and maybe that is why I did not enjoy it The title and brief summary lead me to believe that is was about the persecution of witches wise women in America after Salem That was not the case The book talked about those proclaimed witches, wizards, medicine men women that were killed, fined or punished in some way and how such educated people could still believe in such nonsense The impression that I got from the book was tha [...]


    16. This book was a lot better than I expected It explores the definition of witch in American history in terms of systematic oppression of races and cultures as well as the way ignorance can be deadly Virtually all of the races and cultures that came to America are discussed There is a lot about Native American and African religions being deemed witchcraft by European invaders and how many of them were wrongly killed for being witches There are also a lot of different origins of things like witch b [...]


    17. NCOwn in hardback.FS Nineteen people executed, one man pressed to death during interrogation, and four others perished in goal LS It is time this history was taught as a lesson in how the past is not a foreign country.


    18. Fascinating and very dense overview of the cultural and legal attitudes towards the view of witchcraft after the famous trials and executions at Salem.


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