Judge Sewall's Apology
The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience annotated edition
By (author) Richard Francis
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Judge Sewall's Apology by Richard Francis
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780007163632
(203mm x 136mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Harper Perennial
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard Francis
Francis Bacon, Hardback (September 2016)
The Gagosian exhibition and accompanying book are the first in-depth exploration of the innovations of the influential artist's late work, functioning as both a beautifully rendered exhibition catalogue and insightful art history text.
Crane Pond, Paperback (April 2016)
"In Crane Pond, Richard Francis reveals a side of the history that is not often recounted, as he ... constructs a portrait of Samuel Sewall, the only judge to later admit that a terrible mistake had been made [in the Salem witch trials]"--
Ann the Word, Paperback / softback (August 2013)
Originally published: London: Fourth Estate, 2000.
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