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ISBN: 0060786612
Author: Eve LaPlante
Language: English
Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (October 2, 2007)
Pages: 368
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 716
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Sewall has long been the mostquotable of early New Englanders. Sewall was clever,introspective, rich and powerful.

Sewall has long been the mostquotable of early New Englanders. He knew almost everyone worthknowing in Boston. But his ownstory has been buried beneath thequest for the Puritan Mind, whichhe certainly represented. LaPlante finds the ways inwhich Sewall was unusual fascinating,even redemptive. We meethim at 4 in the morning, watchingover his dying newborn. This isnot your textbook Puritan, damningthe unconverted childrenfor their sins.

Eve LaPlante, a sixth great-granddaughter of Samuel Sewall, is the author of two previous critically acclaimed books .

Eve LaPlante, a sixth great-granddaughter of Samuel Sewall, is the author of two previous critically acclaimed books: American Jezebel, a biography of her ancestor Anne Hutchinson, and Seized, a narrative portrait of temporal lobe epilepsy. Too late smart: Not until the Also by Eve La Plante page at the end of the book did I realize that I had read her American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans some seven years ago, and liked it as little as I liked this book; and for basically the same reasons-poorly written and.

Salem Witch Judge book. In 1692 Puritan Samuel Sewall sent twenty people to their deaths. In Salem Witch Judge, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall's ddaughter, draws on family lore, her ancestor's personal diaries, and archival documents to open a window onto life in colonial America, painting a portrait of a man traditionally vilified, but who was in fact an innovator and forefather who came to represent the best of the.

In 1692 Puritan Samuel Sewall sent twenty people to their deaths on trumped-up witchcraft charges.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. In 1692 Puritan Samuel Sewall sent twenty people to their deaths on trumped-up witchcraft charges.

He served for many years as the chief justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature, the province's high court.

In Salem Witch Judge, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall's eat-great .

In Salem Witch Judge, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall's ddaughter, draws on family lore, her ancestor's personal diaries, and archival documents to open a window onto life in colonial America, painting a portrait of a man traditionally vilified, but who was in fact an innovator and forefather who came to represent the best of th. Eve LaPlante, a sixth great-granddaughter of Samuel Sewall, is the author of two previous critically acclaimed books: American Jezebel, a biography of her ancestor Anne Hutchinson, and Seized, a narrative portrait of temporal lobe epilepsy.

In Salem Witch Judge, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall’s ddaughter, draws on family lore, her ancestor’s personal diaries, and archival documents to open a window onto.

In Salem Witch Judge, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall’s ddaughter, draws on family lore, her ancestor’s personal diaries, and archival documents to open a window onto life in colonial America, painting a portrait of a man traditionally vilified, but who was in fact an innovator and forefather who came to represent the best of th. We keep track of which titles are on sale and then post a fresh list of deals for you every morning.

Salem Witch Judge : The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall. In 1692 Puritan Samuel Sewall sent twenty people to their deaths on trumped-up witchcraft charges

Salem Witch Judge : The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall.

Includes bibliographical references (p. -340) and index. Personal Name: Sewall, Samuel, 1652-1730. Personal Name: Sewall, Samuel, 1652-1730 Ethics. Geographic Name: Massachusetts History Colonial period, ca.

In 1692 Puritan Samuel Sewall sent twenty people to their deaths on trumped-up witchcraft charges. The nefarious witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts represent a low point of American history, made famous in works by Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne (himself a descendant of one of the judges), and Arthur Miller. The trials might have doomed Sewall to infamy except for a courageous act of contrition now commemorated in a mural that hangs beneath the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House picturing Sewall's public repentance. He was the only Salem witch judge to make amends.

But, remarkably, the judge's story didn't end there. Once he realized his error, Sewall turned his attention to other pressing social issues. Struck by the injustice of the New England slave trade, a commerce in which his own relatives and neighbors were engaged, he authored "The Selling of Joseph," America's first antislavery tract. While his peers viewed Native Americans as savages, Sewall advocated for their essential rights and encouraged their education, even paying for several Indian youths to attend Harvard College. Finally, at a time when women were universally considered inferior to men, Sewall published an essay affirming the fundamental equality of the sexes. The text of that essay, composed at the deathbed of his daughter Hannah, is republished here for the first time.

In Salem Witch Judge, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall's great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, draws on family lore, her ancestor's personal diaries, and archival documents to open a window onto life in colonial America, painting a portrait of a man traditionally vilified, but who was in fact an innovator and forefather who came to represent the best of the American spirit.

Comments:

Modifyn
The author's point of view as a direct descendant of this Judge and the resulting access to very personal documents was enlightening. The constricted Puritan life style with its endless hardships, rules and fears carries a strong warning for us today with our fear induced tipping into comparable insanity.
The considerable research was impressive but my relative low score is due to the overly repetitious identification of persons by their family and educational histories. It robbed the book of readability and made it a chore. Influence and birth begat influence and birth begat influence and birth, what the poor witches lacked. There was not enough about the victims in the book to warrant labeling the Judge as USA's earliest feminist.
Felhann
What you will learn about halfway into this book is that the extensive diary kept by the judge was almost non-existent during the period that he was overseeing the witch trials. What this means is that a small part of this book covers that, which may be an issue because that's probably why you would buy the book. Much of the book is tedious minutia, some of it revealing about the time period, some not. Not at all what I had hoped for.
Brannylv
Book is a biography of Samuel Sewall, one of the Sal e m Witch Trial judges. While the book is interesting, the story could have been told much more succinctly which would have raised the rating to a 5 star. There were a number of times when it just became tedious to read.
anneli
”Calvinism is founded on the belief that humanity is totally depraved (Samuel and contemporaries often used the word vile). . .”—page 25

”He [Samuel] was not a man of the Enlightenment, nor would he ever be. […] he displayed irritation at the burgeoning sciences.”—page 205

Steeped in an overabundance of names, dates and relationships; begats, begots and bedieds; slipping and sliding all over the timeline, between 1630 and 1729—backward, forward and sideways; Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall, by Eve LaPlante was a disjointed, confusing, and tedious read. One of the few books I’ve read that I could’t wait to be finished. At times, it seemed like that might never happen.

Both the “life and repentance of Samuel Sewall,” seemed extremely self-serving, to me. I know we’re supposed to congratulate his ghost for his having had the fortitude to be the only one, of the nine Salem witch judges, to ever apologize for his part in condemning twenty innocent people, so called witches, to death, in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts. Somehow, though, his rectitude and contrition come across as very shallow, indeed. I, for one, would never stand in line to shake his hand.

That said, this story does offer some interesting perspectives of the time, place and hysteria. If you can only figure out just what time, and which place, La Plante is writing about.

Too late smart: Not until the Also by Eve La Plante page at the end of the book did I realize that I had read her American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans some seven years ago, and liked it as little as I liked this book; and for basically the same reasons—poorly written and mostly a tedious read.

Recommendation: Very weak and tepid at best.

His sincere interest in medicine and science led Cotton Mather in the summer of 1721 to pioneer the use of inoculation against smallpox, for which he received much public ridicule. For most educated men of Boston, including Samuel Sewall, such medical advancements were almost as frightening as witchcraft.—page 252

Kindle edition, 270 pages
FLIDER
The author, a direct descendant of Samuel Sewall, provides a much-needed full assessment of the life of her notorious ancestor. The most important fact in this book is provided in the frontispiece illustration--a portrait of Sewell's apology before his congregation for his role in the witch trials and executions, known by few, if any, readers outside Massachusetts' students of history. Sewell was the only judge to apologize for his role in this horrific episode in American history.
More fascinating, though, are the other extraordinary acts of repentance enacted by the judge over his long life. And his writings are nothing less than astounding--including examinations of experiences of various groups and even a piece on women - making him an equalitarian of the first order centuries ahead of his time. At the least, official historical accounts of what happened at Salem need to include information about Sewall's apology and repentance.
Dorintrius
Although the author provides substantial information about the life and times of her ancestor, writes well, and places the events in historical context, I found the information a bit overwhelming, and was relieved when I finished it.

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