SOURCE: The Baffler
Who Still Needs the Carnivalesque?
by Ed Simon
Despite its repeated theorization, the political meaning of carnivals and the social inversions they temporarily enable remains hotly debated.
SOURCE: News Talk
British and Irish Historians Discuss Oliver Cromwell
Patrick Geoghegan talks all things Cromwell with a panel of historians.
What Elizabeth Johnson’s Exoneration Teaches about the Salem Witch Hunt
by Tony Fels
The Massachusetts legislature recently exonerated Elizabeth Johnson, though her confession and conviction shows how "members of the Puritan communities of early Massachusetts could readily convince themselves that in some way or other, perhaps at a moment of weakness, they really had allowed Satan into their lives."
SOURCE: ABA Journal
Civics Teacher and Students Help Win Exoneration for Last Convicted Witch in Massachusetts
Carrie LaPierre of North Andover turned a project on the legislative process into an amendment to the state budget bill. Elizabeth Johnson's 1693 conviction was finally overturned.
SOURCE: Religion Dispatches
Breaking Up With Marilynne Robinson Over the Dark Side of Puritanism
by Peter Laarman
A minister and activist argues that the novelist and essayist's defense of the New England Puritans as prototypical human rights heroes ignores the very clear limits that historians have identified for Puritanism's conceptions of social belonging.
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