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Epilogue and Conclusion

Louise A. Breen

in Transgressing the Bounds

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138009
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138007.003.0006

Series: Religion in America

Epilogue and Conclusion

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This chapter uses the witchcraft accusation against John Alden in 1692 as a focal point to show how suspicions against those associated with the frontier, imperial concerns, Indians, and religious heterodoxy coalesced in the last decade of the seventeenth century. Alden symbolized the vices thought to accompany religious heterodoxy, imperial control, and a biracial frontier. Not only had he befriended Anglicans and Quakers, but he had also betrayed his own son in an abortive captive exchange just weeks before being cried down as a witch and had been accused of miscegenation and trading arms to the colony's French and Indian enemies in King William's War. This same set of vices was attributed to the hated royal governor Edmund Andros, who was ejected from Massachusetts in the colony's version of the Glorious Revolution.

Keywords: Alden; Andros; Glorious Revolution; Nelson; witchcraft

Chapter.  11612 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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