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The Once & Future Witch Hunt: A Descendant's Reckoning from Salem to the Present (Paperback)

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The Once & Future Witch Hunt: A Descendant's Reckoning from Salem to the Present By Alice Markham-Cantor, Rebecca Traister (Foreword by), Silvia Federici (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Alice Markham-Cantor, Rebecca Traister (Foreword by), Silvia Federici (Afterword by)
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In 1692, Salem woman Martha Carrier was labeled the "Queen of Hell" and hanged for witchcraft after she refused to confess. In this thoroughly-researched investigation, Martha's nine times great-granddaughter endeavors not only to learn about her ill-fated ancestor but to understand the convergence of social, religious, and economic factors that led to the Salem witch trials. Drawing on the few existing records about Martha (mostly court transcripts), Markham-Cantor alternates nonfiction chapters with a largely fictionalized telling of Martha's story, bringing to vivid life a woman about whom very little is known. The book also explores the broader context of witch hunts worldwide, and in a moving final chapter Markham-Cantor shares the names and stories of people—mostly women, the poor, and others on the margins—who have been demonized and condemned as witches as recently as 2023.

— Lily

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Past and present collide in this page-turner investigation into Salem's irrepressible question: How could this have happened?

In 1692, Martha Allen Carrier was hanged in the Salem witch trials as the "Queen of Hell." Three hundred years later, her nine-times-great-granddaughter, Alice Markham-Cantor, set out to discover why Martha had died. As she chased her ancestor through the archives, graveyards, and haunted places of New England, grappling with what we owe the past, Alice discovered a shocking truth: witch hunts didn't end in Salem.

Extensively researched and told through alternating fiction and non-fiction chapters, The Once & Future Witch Hunt does not treat Salem as a cautionary tale. It treats Salem as an instruction manual--not on how to perform witch hunts, but how to stop them.

Foreword by Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author.

Afterword by Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780738776279
ISBN-10: 0738776270
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: May 8th, 2024
Pages: 344
Language: English

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