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"Fels knows the Salem witchcraft trials more deeply and expansively than anyone else ever has. With vivacious prose, palpable passion, and powerful reasoning, he delivers a book that is dramatic and dynamic. A rare work of critical historiography that could actually matter, Switching Sides is a brilliant and impassioned volume that will be a must-read for all students of early America."

"An important examination of the historiography of the Salem witch trials, this book demonstrates that we can assign blame, dismiss guilt, and reallocate innocence through the subtleties and nuances of language. Challenging a number of cherished interpretations that continue to define the subject's major arguments, this is a stunning, engaging, well-argued work. It will be difficult for any historian to discuss the events at Salem without introducing Switching Sides."

"Switching Sides is a tour de force of scholarly interpretation, but it is also an eloquent challenge to the political assumptions of some of America’s most distinguished historians. With his erudite critique of the reigning wisdom about the Salem witch trials, Tony Fels reveals as much about our own time as about the malevolence that wracked New England at the end of the seventeenth century."

"This is a book that is important in college, especially for young historians, because it helps us become better ones and shows us that ways of looking at things do change. Even people who are not historians will find this interesting, as it shows that history is a living, breathing, topic."

"There is much to learn from Fels' in-depth exploration... [Switching Sides] is an important work for anyone teaching historiography and/or Salem witchcraft... a useful tool in introducing students to how history is studied and written."

Switching Sides
How a Generation of Historians Lost Sympathy for the Victims of the Salem Witch Hunt
Publication Date: 2018
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 280 pages
Illustrations: 3 maps, 3 charts, 1 graph
ISBN: 9781421424378