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The Specter of SalemRemembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Gretchen A. Adams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226005416

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226005423.001.0001

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The Politics of Sectionalism

(p.94) Chapter Four Witch-Burners
The Specter of Salem
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This chapter details the use of Salem witchcraft by Southern editors and politicians as a regional slur to answer abolitionist charges about the cruel nature of slavery. Salem was used to define abolitionists first, and finally all Northerners, as Puritans. The chapter highlights the parallels between the Negro Plot of 1740 in the colony of New York and the Salem events.

Keywords:   Salem witchcraft, regional slur, abolitionist charges, slavery, Northerners, Puritans, Negro Plot

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