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Witchcraft and Piritan Salem

Summary: The cultural fabric of Puritan American was woven with women having a subservient role clearly where inheritance, speech and dealings with the magistrate came into play. The three authors show how the biases of the culture perpetuated the hysteria of the accusations of witch during the Salem outbreak that worked to the advantage of the deeply gendered society's biases.
In New England Puritan ideas of gender dictated acts of gender for women in terms of behavior, demeanor, and speech at home and church, in public and private. Gender roles were clearly defined and categorized women as the weaker, vulnerable sex; physically, emotionally, spiritually and morally, subordinate to men in every instance and venue. Men were the heads of the household and of the church. They ruled what were deemed the important aspects of life. Women's role in society was that of domestic; they owned no property, made no significant wage and were entirely dependent on men for their subsistence. While the primary tenants underlying the American Puritan doctrine of the 17th century stated that women were no more susceptible to sin then men, the contrary proved to be the belief actually held. There was a preoccupation with the sinful nature of a woman's soul and...

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