Cotton Mather as Pawn of Puritan Politics: His Private Writings and His Role in the Salem Witch Trials

By Martha E. Pfeiffer.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Closer examination of Cotton Mather’s role in the Salem witchcraft proceedings and his reluctant involvement with the Commonwealth government refutes his traditional firebrand image.

Keywords: History, Religion

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.101-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.876MB).

Martha E. Pfeiffer

Martha holds two Batchelor's degrees; one in education and the second in communication arts. She also holds a Master's degree in History, in which her focus was the American Colonial period and has served as historical consultant for several productions - including the Broadway revival of 1776. Her thesis examined the role of Cotton Mather in the Salem Witch rial Proceedings. Her principle love of History has led her to continue her studies to include the ancient world for which she holds a special fascination. She has taught history in the middle school level for eighteen years where she has won singular honors and citations for her success with 'at-risk' children. She is also an avid Theatre - lover, actress, choreographer and director who strives to bring theatre to her students through re-enactments and debates in her history classes and in highly successful school productions.


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