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Women in Early America$
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Thomas A. Foster

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479874545

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479874545.001.0001

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Women as Witches, Witches as Women

Women as Witches, Witches as Women

Witchcraft and Patriarchy in Colonial North America

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Women in Early America

Matthew Dennis

Elizabeth Reis

NYU Press

In this essay, Matthew Dennis and Elizabeth Reis examine how the history of women and witch-hunting was embedded in the history of power, especially patriarchy, a social order pervasive in the early American era that assigned women unique social and spiritual roles, which were often oppressive, but which cannot be reduced simply to misogyny—the hatred of women. Witchcraft in colonial North America is the history of gender more broadly, among white settlers, but also in their gendered encounter with Native North Americans and their oppressive relationship with enslaved Africans and African Americans.

Keywords:   witchcraft, gender, patriarchy, misogyny

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