In the American Grain Characters

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Bridget Bishop

Bridget Bishop is one of the witches put on trial in the chapter entitled "Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World." The witnesses testifying against her are stricken with pain when they look at her. Among the testimonies offered against her are stories that she kept "poppets," or dolls, in the walls of a house, that she bewitched a sow, and that she caused apparitions to appear in front of people.

Aaron Burr

In the chapter "The Virtue of History," Aaron Burr is the main character. Williams felt that Burr had been unfairly condemned by history as a result of his killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Williams quotes Hamilton's statement that Burr was "a dangerous man" and spends much of the chapter examining and ultimately debunking that idea. Burr was one of the most powerful and important figures in the early Republic, serving as Vice...

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