Ann Petry: Tituba of Salem Village

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Ann Petry: Tituba of Salem Village

Post by jserraglio » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:38 am

Just started this book aimed at young adults which, like Margaret Alwood's The Penelopiad, gives voice to the voiceless. It's beautifully written, following a different path from that of Arthur Miller's excellent The Crucible: there the "white gaze" of the Puritans (slavery was practiced in Massachusetts till the end of the Federal Period) degrades Tituba to primitive status, a hostile view of indigenous peoples and an aggressive attitude to their surroundings that survives to this day -- the WSJ annually reminding descendants of the colonizers on the day before Thanksgiving:
Nathaniel Morton: "First Beginnings and After Progress of the Church of Christ at Plymouth, in New England" wrote:What could they [the Pilgrims] see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men? and what multitudes of them there were . . ., and the whole country . . . represented a wild and savage hew.

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