Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Future scholars

It is good to see ye olde times being studied by students whose time will be in the 21st century.

The Peabody's Puritan Planters reports that 100 students at the Higgins Middle School were to write on "one of four planters" who were early in the area, namely John Endicott, Thomas Gardner, William Trask, and John Humphrey. The report shows part of an early map of the area.

Peabody Public Schools has a curriculum oriented to the history of the area which was part of the Salem Village and then of Danvers until 1855. The site has a nice collection of material that can be used for ready reference, including pointers to the Winthrop Society's effort at naming all of the early settlers and building a database entry on each.

Remarks:

01/03/2013 -- The curriculum pointer is gone, changed to point to the school district's site.

03/28/2014 -- See Vol. IV, No. 1 for a discussion of the movement from Cape Ann to Salem.

Modified: 03/28/2014

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Salem's madness

Actually, it was the whole area that got engulfed in the mania. However, given that England perfected the quartering procedure, what else would one expect for New England?

One could ask a whole bunch of questions: trait of the people? Christian mania? diversionary technique developed by the best-and-brightest (of the times)? ...

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The Miner Descent blog recently posted on this theme. The post tries to identify who, in the blogger's tree, might have been involved with the Witch Trials and what was the role of the person.

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This blog looked at the phenomenon a little in a special issue of Gardner's Beacon. The theme will come forward, again, at some point.

Remarks:
English spirit?

05/17/2013 -- Imagine a (an extended) family meeting. Indeed. By the way, in terms of gene/meme influences, see the painting of Isabella and Mortimer at poor Hugh's ordeal.

04/30/2012 -- References to the news letter ought to be Gardner's Beacon

03/03/2012 -- Nice little school project (7M hits, not bad). 

12/17/2011 -- Tim Lambert's A World History Encyclopedia will be used much in this blog and in related material. Here is his take on the Salem turmoils

Modified: 05/17/2013