History Professor Publishes Article on Witchcraft in 17th-Century New England
Professor Paul Moyer, Department of History, recently published “Diabolical Duos: Witch Spouses in Early New England” in Early American Studies, Vol. 20, Issue 3 (Summer 2022): 371-406.
In his article, Moyer demonstrates that a significant proportion of witchcraft prosecutions in early New England targeted married couples. He argues that these cases open up a window onto witch-hunting in the region and how it compares to that in other parts of the early modern English Atlantic and reveal how witchcraft intersected with demographic change in New England as well as the social and religious outlook of its Puritan colonists.