Rosenthal begins with stating why he chose to write this book when there were numerous books already published. “The more I read the original documentation, the more I realized that the story of what actually happened in 1692, as opposed to how the story has been told, would have to drive my own narration.” (p. 5) The “original docum...
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From what I could tell, Rosenthal has little if no bias throughout the book. His position as Professor and Chair of the English Department at State University of New York in Binghamton sheds light on his approach to the material. Rather than being a History professor, his English background makes him able to critique the documents and other arguments under a literary light, and therefore a new depiction of the events comes out.
Salem Story is a unique book covering the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, in that it does not focus on any single aspect. This is probably its best strength, because it allows Rosenthal to take the reader on a ride on which is powered by the primary documents. Thus, the audience is left with an almost bare boned account of the events while all of the illusions from popular culture and previous authors is left in the dust.
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