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Braithwaite, William C., THE BEGINNINGS OF QUAKERISM . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Heritage Books, 1999. Originally published in 1912. Indices, appendices, bibliography, maps, 562 pages. "Covers up to the end of 1660; a detailed study of the early history of Quakerism. The book explains background influences which led to the formation of the religion, then shows the beginning of its growth and persecution in England, Europe and America."


Braithwaite, William C., THE SECOND PERIOD OF QUAKERISM . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Heritage Books, 2003. Index, 668 pages. "In this sequel to the 1912 edition of The Beginnings of Quakerism, Braithwaite examines the period of organization and growth experienced by the Society of Friends in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It is during this period that the dynamic leadership of George Fox and William Penn transforms the Quakers into a functioning spiritual community of vocal and politically volatile religious reformers."


Weddle, Meredith Baldwin, WALKING IN THE WAY OF PEACE: Quaker Pacifism in the Seventeenth Century. NEW copy. Hardcover. Oxford University Press. 348 pages. "A synthesis of intellectual and social history, Walking in the Way of Peace investigates the historical context, meaning, and expression of early Quaker pacifism in England and its colonies. In a nuanced examination of pacifism, Weddle focuses on King Philip's War, which forced New England Quakers, rulers and ruled alike, to define the parameters of their peace testimony."



Chance, Megan, SUSANNAH MORROW. NEW copy. FICTION. Hardcover. Warner Books, 402 pages. "The hysteria and deceit that gripped Salem Village, Massachusetts, and ended the lives of nearly twenty men and women in 1692 was one of the most disturbing and shameful chapters in American history. Now Megan Chance combines drama, romance, and painstaking historical research to offer a fresh perspective on the Salem witch trials in a dramatic work of fiction."


Gibson, Marion (ed), WITCHCRAFT AND SOCIETY IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA, 1550-1750. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Cornell University Press, 2003. 256 pages. "A unique collection of materials, including works of literature as well as historical documents, Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750 provides a broad view of how witches and magicians were represented in print and manuscript over three centuries. It combines newly annotated selections from famous texts, such as Macbeth, Doctor Faustus, and The Faerie Queene with unjustly obscure ones: portrayals of witchcraft and magic from private papers, court records, and little-known works of fiction. In this rich, broad context, Marion Gibson presents the voices of "witches," accusers, ministers, physicians, poets, dramatists, magistrates, and witchfinders from both sides of the Atlantic. Each text is introduced with a short essay and fully annotated to explain unfamiliar words and concepts, give biographical details of participants and/or authors, and explore the context in which the text was produced. "


Hansen, Chadwick, WITCHCRAFT AT SALEM. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. George Braziller, 252 pages. Argues that "one cannot fully understand any aspect of the events at Salem without a recognition of the genuine power of witchcraft in a society that believes in it. The failure to appreciate this fact has vitiated all previous accounts of witchcraft at Salem."


Hill, Frances, THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS READER. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. De Capo Press, 415 pages. "Salem, Massachusetts, in the year 1692: against the backdrop of a Puritan theocracy threatened by change, in a population terrified not only of eternal damnation but of the earthly dangers of Indian massacres and recurrent smallpox epidemics, a small group of girls denounces a black slave and others as worshipers of Satan. Within two years, twenty men and women are hanged or pressed to death and over a hundred others imprisoned and impoverished. In The Salem Witch Trials Reader, Frances Hill provides and astutely comments upon the actual documents from the trial -- examinations of suspected witches, eyewitness accounts of 'Satanic influence', as well as the testimony of those who retained their reason and defied the madness. Always drawing on firsthand documents, she illustrates the historical background to the witch hunt and shows how the trials have been represented, and sometimes distorted, by historians - and how they have fired the imaginations of poets, playwrights, and novelists."


Miller, Arthur, THE CRUCIBLE. . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Viking Critical Library, 484 pages. "Based on historical people and real events, Miller's classic play about the witch hunts and trials in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria. Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror which Miller uses to reflect the anti-Communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's 'witch-hunts' in the U.S."


Elizabeth Reis, DAMNED WOMEN: sinners and Witches in Puritan New England. . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Cornell University Press, 1999. 212 pages. "Explores the intersection of Puritan theology, Puritan evaluations of womanhood, and the Salem witchcraft episodes, finding in those intersections the basis for understanding why women were accused of witchcraft more often than men, why they confessed more often, and why they frequently accused other women of being witches."


Marilynne K. Roach, THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege. . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Taylor Trade Publishing, 688 pages. "The Salem Witch Trials is based on over twenty-five years of archival research -- including the author's discovery of previously unknown documents -- newly found cases and court records. From January 1692 to January 1697 this history unfolds a nearly day-by-day narrative of the crisis as the citizens of New England experienced it."


Schantz, Mark S., PIETY IN PROVIDENCE: Class Dimensions of Religious Experience in Antebellum Rhode Island. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000). First Edition. 23 tables, 1 illustration, page-end notes, index, 280 pages.
~~~ At the start of the nineteenth century, churches in Providence sought to bring together rich and poor "as Members of One great Family." Within a few decades, however, congregations had split along class lines, with plebeian men and women choosing to worship at their own meetinghouses. In this innovative and compelling history, Mark S. Schantz explores the relationship between religious culture and class formation in a New England city. Covering topics from pew auctioning to the rise of self-anointed street preachers, Schantz provides a rich sense of the daily texture of religious life. In the early national period churches were, he explains, inclusive but also firmly controlled by affluent, white men. The revival of 1820 led the poorer citizens of Providence to adopt their own religious traditions and establish their own congregations. In contrast to bourgeois churchgoers, who were wedded to decorum and rationality, the plebeians welcomed emotional outbursts and evinced an abiding belief in the supernatural. Schantz charts the ways in which these contrasting religious subcultures collided in the political turmoil of the Dorr Rebellion of 1842. Schantz concludes with a fascinating look at how, prior to the Civil War, the city's churches constructed a new understanding of religious community, one that embraced the reality of profound class divisions among Christ's followers.
~~~ Currently in print at $52.50.



Burns, Amy Stechler, THE SHAKERS: Hands to Work, Hearts to God: The History and Visions of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearance from 1774 to the Present. . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Aperture, 1999. 127 pages. Exquisite photography by Ken Burns, Langdon Clay, and Jerome Liebling, along with archival photographs from the Shakers’ own collections, gives a clear, personal , and profound understanding of the architecture, craft accomplishments, and lives of the Shakers.


Garrett, Clarke, ORIGINS OF THE SHAKERS. Johns Hopkins University Press. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK, 368 pages. "Pietists, Methodists, and sectarian groups such as the Shakers all shared the conviction that God touched the individual directly and visibly; manifestations of spirit possession, accompanied by prophecy, visions, and ecstatic seizures, became outward signs of an inner experience, a kind of sacred theater as believers acted out their possession before others. Clarke Garrett follows this 'sacred theater' back to the Camisards of southeastern France, an ecstatic Protestant group whose doomed rebellion against Louis XIV led to their dispersal among Huguenot exiles. Then, Garrett writes, 'in a form that the Huguenots themselves would probably not have recognized, a dozen English ecstatics, who in their native Manchester had been known as Shakers, brought Huguenot spirit possession to America in 1774.' The Shakers emerge as the culmination of the century's religious quest, preserving the immediacy of spirit possession while making it the basis for the formation of an ideal Christian community."


Sarle, Cora Helena, A SHAKER SISTER'S DRAWINGS: Wild Plants Illustrated by Cora Helena Sarle. . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Monacelli, 1997. 144 pages.


Starbuck, David R. and Scott T. Swank, A SHAKER FAMILY ALBUM: Photographs from the Collection of Canterbury Shaker Village . . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. New England, 1998. 128 pages.



Valeri, Mark, LAW & PROVIDENCE IN JOSEPH BELLAMY'S NEW ENGLAND: The Origins of the New Divinity in Revolutionary America. Oxford University Press., 1994. Minor tear to top spine of dust jacket, otherwise in NEW condition. Extensive notes & bibliography, index, 205 pages.
~~~ "Studies Bellamy's career both in terms of developments within Calvinism and also to illuminate the role of Calvinists in Anglo-American political culture." (Originally in print at $48).


Wainwright, Geoffrey and Karen B. Westerfield Tucker (eds), THE OXFORD HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP. NEW copy (still in shrinkwrap), hardcover with dust jacket. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). 800 pages.
~~~ "The Oxford History of Christian Worship is a comprehensive and authoritative history, lavishly illustrated, of the origins and development of Christian worship up to the present day. Following contemporary methods in scholarship, it attends to social and cultural contexts and examines the worship traditions from both Eastern and Western Christianity, ancient and modern. It offers a chronological account, while encompassing spatial and confessional variations, from Baptists in Britain to Roman Catholics in Mexico, from Orthodox in Ethiopia to Pentecostals in the United States, from Lutheran and Reformed in Europe to united churches in India and Australia. The material details of Christian worship, such as music, architecture, and the visual arts, are considered within specific cultural contexts throughout the volume as well as studied thematically in individual chapters."


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