The Crucible

The Crucible
Author: Arthur Miller
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781101665008
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Release: 1976-10-28
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village. First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can. "A drama of emotional power and impact" —New York Post

Abigail Accused

Abigail Accused
Author: Juliet Haines Mofford
Pages: 266
ISBN: 1946920266
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Release: 2017-10-30
Editor: Touchpoint Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Abigail Accused steps into life in the Puritan village of Andover and reveals the callous truth of what has become one of many landmark cases against injustice during the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail Dane Faulkner, daughter of the town¿s respected minister, was convicted of witchcraft in 1692 and condemned to die. Her story is based on eye-witness accounts and 17th century documents. How did the people of Massachusetts Bay Colony become victims of the fear and religious fanaticism that led to the arrests of nearly 200 citizens and the executions of 20 innocents? Why did Abigail's own family¿her own daughters¿testify against her? Mofford brings to life the dramatic realities of the period and the events of daily life along with events such as courtship, marriage, the sin of fornication, childbirth, poverty, and terrifying attacks by Native Americans upon this frontier community. Abigail¿s abiding love for her husband, Francis Faulkner, sustained him through bouts of what we recognize today as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Abigail Accused is the historical revelation of how one wife and mother, alongside her minister father, fought bigotry and helped bring an end to the deadly witch hunts. Petitions by father and daughter are landmark documents of free speech and remind us all of the ongoing struggle for human rights.

Dear Abigail

Dear Abigail
Author: Diane Jacobs
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9780345549846
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Release: 2014-02-25
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For readers of the historical works of Robert K. Massie, David McCulough, and Alison Weir comes the first biography on the life of Abigail Adams and her sisters. “Never sisters loved each other better than we.”—Abigail Adams in a letter to her sister Mary, June 1776 Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail. But few know of the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right. Now acclaimed biographer Diane Jacobs reveals their moving story, which unfolds against the stunning backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years. Abigail, Mary, and Elizabeth Smith grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the close-knit daughters of a minister and his wife. When the sisters moved away from one another, they relied on near-constant letters—from what John Adams called their “elegant pen”—to buoy them through pregnancies, illnesses, grief, political upheaval, and, for Abigail, life in the White House. Infusing her writing with rich historical perspective and detail, Jacobs offers fascinating insight into these progressive women’s lives: oldest sister Mary, who became de facto mayor of her small village; youngest sister Betsy, an aspiring writer who, along with her husband, founded the second coeducational school in the United States; and middle child Abigail, who years before becoming First Lady ran the family farm while her husband served in the Continental Congress, first in Philadelphia, and was then sent to France and England, where she joined him at last. This engaging narrative traces the sisters’ lives from their childhood sibling rivalries to their eyewitness roles during the American Revolution and their adulthood as outspoken wives and mothers. They were women ahead of their time who believed in intellectual and educational equality between the sexes. Drawing from newly discovered correspondence, never-before-published diaries, and archival research, Dear Abigail is a fascinating front-row seat to history—and to the lives of three exceptional women who were influential during a time when our nation’s democracy was just taking hold. Advance praise for Dear Abigail “In a beautifully wrought narrative, Diane Jacobs has brought the high-spirited, hyperarticulate Smith sisters, and the early years of the American republic, to rich, luminous life. . . . A stunning, sensitive work of history.”—Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Cleopatra “Jacobs is a superb storyteller. In this sweeping narrative about family and friendship during the American Revolution, Abigail Adams emerges as one of the great political heroines of the eighteenth century. I fell in love with her all over again.”—Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of A World on Fire “Beauty, brains, and breeding—Elizabeth, Abigail, and Mary had them all. This absorbing history shows how these close-knit and well-educated daughters of colonial America become women of influence in the newly begotten United States. Jacobs’s feel for the period is confident; so is her appreciation of the nuances of character.”—Daniel Mark Epstein, author of The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

The Encyclopedia of Witches Witchcraft and Wicca

The Encyclopedia of Witches  Witchcraft and Wicca
Author: Rosemary Guiley
Pages: 449
ISBN: 9781438126845
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Release: 2008-01-01
Editor: Infobase Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Witchcraft practices around the world and from many periods in history are defined and explained.

Masterpieces of 20th century American Drama

Masterpieces of 20th century American Drama
Author: Susan C. W. Abbotson
Pages: 227
ISBN: 0313332231
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Release: 2005
Editor: Greenwood Publishing Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Chapters discuss 10 major works of modern American drama widely read by students.

Salem Story

Salem Story
Author: Bernard Rosenthal
Pages: 286
ISBN: 0521558204
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Release: 1995-09-29
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Salem Story engages the story of the Salem witch trials by contrasting an analysis of the surviving primary documentation with the way events of 1692 have been mythologised by our culture. Resisting the temptation to explain the Salem witch trials in the context of an inclusive theoretical framework, the book examines a variety of individual motives that converged to precipitate the witch-hunt. Of the many assumptions about the Salem witch trials, the most persistent is that they were instigated by a circle of hysterical girls. Through an analysis of what actually happened - by perusal of the primary materials with the 'close reading' approach of a literary critic - a different picture emerges, one where 'hysteria' inappropriately describes the logical, rational strategies of accusation and confession followed by the accusers, males and females alike.

A Delusion of Satan

A Delusion of Satan
Author: Frances Hill
Pages: 173
ISBN: 9781618031143
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Release: 2014-07-09
Editor: Tantor eBooks
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist who regularly writes for U.S. News & World Report and has written for numerous other publications, including CNNMoney.com, Life and Reuters. He is also the author of Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever. He lives with his two daughters in Loveland, Ohio.

Irreversible Damage

Irreversible Damage
Author: Abigail Shrier
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781684510467
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Release: 2020-06-30
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NAMED A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2021 BY THE TIMES AND THE SUNDAY TIMES "Irreversible Damage . . . has caused a storm. Abigail Shrier, a Wall Street Journal writer, does something simple yet devastating: she rigorously lays out the facts." —Janice Turner, The Times of London Until just a few years ago, gender dysphoria—severe discomfort in one’s biological sex—was vanishingly rare. It was typically found in less than .01 percent of the population, emerged in early childhood, and afflicted males almost exclusively. But today whole groups of female friends in colleges, high schools, and even middle schools across the country are coming out as “transgender.” These are girls who had never experienced any discomfort in their biological sex until they heard a coming-out story from a speaker at a school assembly or discovered the internet community of trans “influencers.” Unsuspecting parents are awakening to find their daughters in thrall to hip trans YouTube stars and “gender-affirming” educators and therapists who push life-changing interventions on young girls—including medically unnecessary double mastectomies and puberty blockers that can cause permanent infertility. Abigail Shrier, a writer for the Wall Street Journal, has dug deep into the trans epidemic, talking to the girls, their agonized parents, and the counselors and doctors who enable gender transitions, as well as to “detransitioners”—young women who bitterly regret what they have done to themselves. Coming out as transgender immediately boosts these girls’ social status, Shrier finds, but once they take the first steps of transition, it is not easy to walk back. She offers urgently needed advice about how parents can protect their daughters. A generation of girls is at risk. Abigail Shrier’s essential book will help you understand what the trans craze is and how you can inoculate your child against it—or how to retrieve her from this dangerous path.

Witch Hunts

Witch Hunts
Author: Robert Rapley
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9780773577206
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Release: 2007
Editor: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Witch hunts are the products of intense fear and paranoia and the results are often terrible. The accused in three famous witchcraft cases - in Bamberg and Wurzburg, Germany, in Loudun, France, and in Salem, Massachusetts - were assumed to be guilty without proof. Secret accusations were accepted, evidence was falsified, and extreme pressures, including torture, were used. Arguing that fear was, and still is, a prerequisite to any witch hunt, Robert Rapley shows that the current hunt for terrorists mirrors the witch crazes of the past.

CliffsNotes on Miller s The Crucible

CliffsNotes on Miller s The Crucible
Author: Denis M. Calandra,Jennifer L. Scheidt
Pages: 84
ISBN: 9780544180925
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Release: 2011-05-18
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into critical elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. CliffsNotes on The Crucible takes you into Arthur Miller's play about good and evil, self-identity and morality. Following the atmosphere and action of the Salem witch trials of the 1600s, this study guide looks into Puritan culture with critical commentaries about each act and scene. Other features that help you figure out this important work include Life and background of the author Introduction to the play Character web and in-depth analyses of the major roles Summaries and glossaries related to each act Essays that explore the author's narrative technique and the play's historical setting A review section that tests your knowledge and suggests essay topics and practice projects A Resource Center for checking out details on books, publications, and Internet resources Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

When the River Wakes Up

When the River Wakes Up
Author: Alyson Quinn
Pages: 147
ISBN: 9780761864271
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Release: 2014-09-17
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When the River Wakes Up is an exploration of paths rarely explored—the colliding of Western beliefs and Shona mysticism. Abigail, in all her fragility, is a resolute pioneer alongside her African brother, her soul compatriot, and vessel of African wisdom: Zukah. Through their relationship they open up closed minds and hearts around them, and forge a different path in the new Zimbabwe. Any government transitioning from a racist minority rule to a majority government is careening down a road of unfathomable chaos; Zimbabwe is no different. Seen through the lens of Abigail’s father, a civil servant, the process is filled with potholes of despair and unforeseen hope. When the River Wakes Up is a novel that is both a tormenting inner struggle and a changing world scorched by the fire of new beginnings.

Crucible Study Guide and Student Workbook

Crucible Study Guide and Student Workbook
Author: BMI Staff
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781609337032
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Release: 2010-09-01
Editor: BMI Educational Services
Language: en

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Falsely Accused

Falsely Accused
Author: Shirlee McCoy
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781488060984
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Release: 2020-03-01
Editor: Harlequin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Discover an edge-of-your-seat read from New York Times bestselling author Shirlee McCoy, part of the FBI: Special Crimes Unit series. Proving her innocence means running for her life. Framed for her foster brother’s murder, FBI special agent Wren Santino must clear her name—but someone’s dead set on stopping her from finding the truth. Her estranged childhood friend, Titus Anderson, comes to her aid…but standing by her puts him in the killer’s crosshairs, too. And unraveling a conspiracy may be the only way for either of them to survive. From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith. FBI: Special Crimes Unit: Book 1: Night Stalker Book 2: Gone Book 3: Dangerous Sanctuary Book 4: Lone Witness Book 5: Falsely Accused

Mobs

Mobs
Author: Nancy van Deusen,Leonard Michael Koff
Pages: 386
ISBN: 9789004212459
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Release: 2011-11-25
Editor: BRILL
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mobs are complex, often an enigma. The topic of Mobs presented here serves as a means to address not only an important historical as well as present consideration, but to provide multiple disciplinary methods and viewpoints, bringing the past into the present.

Only the Stars Know Her Name

Only the Stars Know Her Name
Author: Amanda Marrone
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781499809329
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Release: 2019-09-24
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

False accusations and false confessions of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, took her mother, Tituba, away from her. Now Violet seeks revenge on those who tore her family apart. Readers will be instantly transported back in time in this dark and gripping novel! It's been a year since the Salem Witch Trials ended, and while the townspeople try their best to act like nothing happened, thirteen-year-old Violet simply can't, as everything she held dear was ripped away from her. Her mother, Tituba, was accused of witchcraft by Betty and Abigail Parris, two girls Violet had grown up with and regarded as sisters. And instead of denying those allegations, Tituba had confessed to the crimes. But why? Her mother would never have done the wicked acts she was charged with. Would she? Once the remaining accused of witchcraft are pardoned, Violet inquires about her missing parents, only to learn that Reverend Parris has sold them to a man who took them north. Now filled with rage and wanting retribution, she comes across Tammy Younger and Elizabeth Prince, two girls who're also seeking vengeance amid all this turmoil. Together, the three form a coven, signing their names to the Devil's book, and they find solace in the newness and excitement of the magic they're practicing. But once the magic grows darker and forges a destructive path through their community, will Violet achieve the closure she longs for, or will the darkness consume them all? This historical, powerful story of family, revenge, and reconciling is a can't-miss novel from Amanda Marrone.

Violence in Popular Culture American and Global Perspectives

Violence in Popular Culture  American and Global Perspectives
Author: Laura L. Finley
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9781440854330
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Release: 2018-11-30
Editor: ABC-CLIO
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A comprehensive resource, this book reviews current and historical examples of violence in film, television, radio, music, music videos, video games, and novels. • Informs about issues and controversies related to violence in popular culture today • Includes entries on a diversity of genres, both historical and contemporary • Offers a global comparison via significant entries about violence in popular culture outside the U.S. • Features an easy-to-read format and includes introductions and other accompanying materials

Moving On After Trauma

Moving On After Trauma
Author: Michael J. Scott
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781317834656
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Release: 2014-02-04
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The effects of extreme trauma can continue to be emotionally devastating. Moving On After Trauma offers hope, providing survivors, family members and friends with a roadmap for managing emotional, relationship, physical and legal obstacles to recovery. Dr Scott details examples of the strategies used by twenty characters who have recovered and the survivor (with or without the help of a family member, friend or counsellor) is encouraged to identify with one or more of them and follow in their footsteps.

Contemporary Stylistics

Contemporary Stylistics
Author: Marina Lambrou,Peter Stockwell
Pages: 287
ISBN: 9781441183842
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Release: 2010-04-21
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

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Cemetery Mythos

Cemetery Mythos
Author: Edward T. May
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780595451708
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Release: 2007-06
Editor: iUniverse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Despite the best of intentions, a little boy's prayer brings horrifying consequences to a small village in Mexico. In the chaos following Hurricane Katrina a man is forced to confront his greatest phobia as a precondition for departure. A college student in search of a hallucinogenic experience gets more than he bargained for. A young woman obsessed with the occult discovers hidden messages in epitaphs, and acts on them. A troubled teen hopes to find relief from a tedious existence behind the door of a mysterious mausoleum. After having a premonition involving a premature burial a man takes action thinking he may yet cheat fate. A writer delves into the facts surrounding a witchcraft trial and its horrifying aftermath. Death and madness drip from the pages of "Cemetery Mythos," composed of sixteen short stories, five poems and one script. Each selection hinges on the one place where the majority of us will spend most of our earthly existence.

Quicklet on Arthur Miller s The Crucible

Quicklet on Arthur Miller s The Crucible
Author: David Hauslein
Pages: 43
ISBN: 9781614647898
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Release: 2011-12-14
Editor: Hyperink Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. Arthur Miller was one of the twentieth century's most important playwrights. Strongly influenced by the bold naturalism of Henrik Ibsen, he changed the landscape of American theatrical drama with his social realist masterpiece Death of a Salesman in 1949. Miller was awarded a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize for the play. In 1953, Miller debuted The Crucible, a politically charged work with obvious parallels to the House Un-American Actvities Committee, lead by Joseph McCarthy. Miller's play about a literal witch hunt commented on McCarthy's search for Communists in the United States. In 1996, Miller wrote a screenplay adaptation of The Crucible. The film starred Winona Ryder and Daniel-Day Lewis. Miller received an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay. The Crucible was first performed on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theater on January 22, 1953. Miller felt the staging was cold and over stylized, a sentiment echoed by many reviewers. However, The New York Times lauded the play as a powerful work. In 1953, The Crucible was awarded a Tony for Best Play. It is now considered a classic of modern American theater.