The New England Century: Sin, Superstition, and Society in Early America, 1630-1704|
Spring 2008 not offered
This seminar offers an alternative portrait of early New England, from the settlement of Massachusetts Bay in 1629 to the Deerfield Massacre of 1704. The course will explore popular myths about New England's first settlers as stern prudes dressed in black and white. Among the topics to be explored: art and architecture, captivity, crime, environmental history, family life, Indian-white relations, religion, sex, and witchcraft. There will be at least one film screening and two field trips - one to the Yale University Art Gallery and a second to the Mashantuckett Pequot Museum.
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Paul S. Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, SALEM POSSESSED: THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF WITCHCRAFT.
William Cronon, CHANGES IN THE LAND: INDIANS, COLONISTS, AND THE ECOLOGY OF NEW ENGLAND.
_____, A LITTLE COMMONWEALTH
_____, THE UNREDEEMED CAPTIVE: A FAMILY STORY FROM EARLY AMERICA.
_____, REMARKABLE PROVIDENCES: READINGS ON EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY.
David D. Hall, WORLDS OF WONDER, DAYS OF JUDGMENT: POPULAR RELIGIOUS BELIEF IN EARLY NEW
Carol F. Karlsen, THE DEVIL IN THE SHAPE OF A WOMAN.
Edmund S. Morgan, VISIBLE SAINTS: THE HISTORY OF A PURITAN IDEA.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, GOOD WIVES: IMAGE AND REALITY IN THE LOVES OF WOMEN IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND, 1650-1750
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