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Judge Sewall's Apology

Judge Sewall's Apology - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0007163632

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ISBN13: 978-0007163632
ISBN10: 0007163630
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Harpercollins College Division
Published: 2005
International: No

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Judge Sewall's Apology - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0007163632

Richard Francis

ISBN13: 978-0007163632
ISBN10: 0007163630
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Harpercollins College Division

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

The 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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