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Place, Myth, and Memory
Dane Morrison, ed.; Nancy Lusignan Schultz, ed.

2004 • 368 pp. 42 illus. 6 x 9 1/4"
American History / Cultural Studies / Massachusetts

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“A truly unusual collection that will both entertain and educate those interested in this city.” —Library Journal

A superb collection of essays on Salem’s rich history and cultural life over the past four centuries—now with a new preface.

How is a sense of place created, imagined, and reinterpreted over time? That is the intriguing question addressed in this comprehensive look at the 400-year history of Salem, Massachusetts, and the experiences of fourteen generations of people who lived in a place mythologized in the public imagination by the horrific witch trials and executions of 1692 and 1693.

But from its settlement in 1626 to the present, Salem was, and is, much more than this. In this volume, contributors from a variety of fields examine Salem’s multiple urban identities: frontier outpost of European civilization, cosmopolitan seaport, gateway to the Far East, refuge for religious diversity, center for education, and of course, “Witch City” tourist attraction.

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DANE ANTHONY MORRISON is Professor and former chair of the History Department at Salem State College. He is the author of A Praying People: Massachusett Acculturation and the Failure of the Puritan Mission, 1600–1690. NANCY LUSIGNAN SCHULTZ is Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English and American Studies at Salem State College. She is the author of Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834.