in The Specter of Salem

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226005416
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226005423 | DOI:

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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

Chapter.  10478 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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