Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul S. BoyerTormented girls writhing in agony, stern judges meting out harsh verdicts, nineteen bodies swinging on Gallows Hill.
The stark immediacy of what happened in 1692 has obscured the complex web of human passion, individual and organized, which had been growing for more than a generation before the witch trials. Salem Possessed explores the lives of the men and women who helped spin that web and who in the end found themselves entangled in it.
From rich and varied sources--many previously neglected or unknown--Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum give us a picture of the events of 1692 more intricate and more fascinating than any other in the already massive literature on Salem. Salem Possessed, wrote Robin Briggs in The Times Literary Supplement, reinterprets a world-famous episode so completely and convincingly that virtually all the previous treatments can be consigned to the historical lumber-room.
Not simply a dramatic and isolated event, the Salem outbreak has wider implications for our understanding of developments central to the American experience: the breakup of Puritanism, the pressures of land and population in New England towns, the problems besetting farmer and householder, the shifting role of the church, and the powerful impact of commercial capitalism.
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The mockumentary-style series is a direct contrast to the popular true-crime documentaries that have made such a splash in pop culture, like Making a Murderer and The Jinx. The first season centered around a young lawyer Nicholas D'Agosto who was hired to defend a poetry professor John Lithgow against charges of of murdering his wife but had to grapple with the client constantly and hilariously implicating himself through his actions. The show was created by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller , who were originally inspired by the true crime miniseries The Staircase for that series. The pair have previously teased that a second season would feature the return of its original cast, which also included Sherri Shepherd , Steven Boyer , Jayma Mays and Krysta Rodriguez , but that the series would center around solving a separate crime story in the second run. The second season will be 10 episodes in length, as opposed to the 13 episodes included in its inaugural season. Tags: Renewals , NBC.
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The series, which spoofs documentaries and reality legal shows , follows New York City lawyer Josh Segal portrayed by D'Agosto and his eccentric local associates portrayed by Boyer and Shepherd in a fictional small town in South Carolina called East Peck as he represents accused local citizens. The first season premiered on March 14, On May 20, , NBC renewed the series for a episode second season. Both seasons have received positive critical reception. The series was officially cancelled on January 16, , after NBC decided against renewing it for a third season in August and Warner Bros. The series is a comedic legal mockumentary about a young bright-eyed New York lawyer, Josh Segal, who settles in the fictional, small Southern town of East Peck, South Carolina with an oddball defense team that solves cases from behind a taxidermy shop.