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In this fascinating account of witches and devils in colonial America, the renowned and influential minister of Boston's Old North Church attempts to justify his role in the Salem witch trials. A true believer in the devil's battle to get converts in Salem and other Massachusetts towns during the late seventeenth century, Mather also believed the fantastic accusations of t ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by Dover Publications (first published October 1692)
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Laura
Full text available at a fantastic Salem Witchcraft Trials website, http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witch... , along with all of the original court transcriptions and other books.
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Isidore
Cotton captures all the ignorance, spitefulness, and bible-backed lying that has become an enduring portrait of American life (past and present).

The first two minutes of "Witchfinder General" starring Vincent Price faithfully represents everything in this stinking, vile book.
Ed Walker
Read a download of part of Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World. It is very frightening that the thinking that went into the idiocy depicted in this work detailing the Puritan witch trials continues to influence the American character.
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Cotton Mather A.B. 1678 (Harvard College), A.M. 1681; honorary doctorate 1710 (University of Glasgow), was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister, prolific author, and pamphleteer. Cotton Mather was the son of influential minister Increase Mather. He is often remembered for his connection to the Salem witch trials.

Mather was named after his grandfathers, both paternal
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The Wonders Of The Invisible World A Family Well-Ordered Magnalia Christi Americana or the Ecclesiastical History of New England V1: From Its First Planting in the Year 1620 Unto the Year of Our Lord 1698 Diary of Cotton Mather 1681-1709 V1 Memorable Providences: Relating To Witchrafts And Possessions (Notable American Authors)

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