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By author: Diane Rapaport
Number of Pages:  160
Dimensions:  6 X 9 Inches (US)
Original publication year:  2007
ISBN:  978-1-933212-96-8
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• "A marvel of New England storytelling," says President & CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society • "Rapaport's use of early court records is ingenious," says Harvard University Archivist • "Court TV is no match!," says the President of the Women's National Book Association • "Fascinating new information about witchcraft, sexuality, and slavery in early New England," says fellow author Eve LaPlante
"On court days in colonial New England, folks gathered from miles around to listen as local magistrates convened to hear cases. In the abundant records extant from these hearings, we experience the passions and concerns of ordinary people, often in their own words, more than three centuries after the emotion-charged events that brought them to court. Rapaport is a lawyer and historian who, by drawing on these court records, has created an award-winning column for New England Ancestors, the journal of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Some of the twenty-five true stories in The Naked Quaker were previously published there; others are new to this volume. Rapaport’s topics include: “Witches and Wild Women,” “Coupling,” “Tavern Tales,” and “Sunday Meeting.” The title story concerns a Quaker woman who walked into Puritan Sunday meeting and dropped her dress in front of the gathering, to protest actions of the colonial authorities."
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