Looking for primary sources on Cotton Mather

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  1. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Junior

    I am doing a project on Cotton Mather having primarily interested my PT through his pioneering work on immunisation.

    Firstly can his reputation be rehabilitated?

    I have found him cropping up in Marvel comics - as a villain. I also found a reference to his conduct at the Salem trials in one of the Babylon 5 novels - positive.

    I am interested in pinpointing some of his work on astronomy and plant genetics.

    If this discussion goes dead PM me as I will be working on this for a few weeks yet with a view to producing something for September. (unless of course his reputation is beyond redemption)
  2. Grimmson

    Grimmson Puritan Board Sophomore

  3. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

  4. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

  5. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Junior

    One of the questions I have is how we understand him. His role in the Salem trials in particular seems difficult to reconcile with the persecution he withstood over immunisation - flying in the face of public opinion.

    I guess I need to answer this question before investing too much time in him.

    I was also hoping for some pointers to relevant passages written by him. With some 450 books I don't have the time to read them all. If you have searchable pdf links let me know.
  6. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Junior

    I have basically got the Cotton Mather Project 90% done. The idea is to have a document that pupils can copy into their folders (at school) and work through over a period of weeks. Ideally the kids would find their information through Google but having some experience of the "rabbit trails" this can generate I have tried to put hyperlinks in to help.

    What I found interesting was that Wikipedia put hyperlinks in their document - which appear in the web address. So if you use their menu to go to a section of the document., you can attempt to skip the more controversial parts of Cotton Mather's life.

    That is where I am now, trying to make sense of the Salem Witch Trials. I think the key aspect is the use of "spectral evidence." This removes the need for corroborating testimony and negates the alibi that the person was elsewhere in the county. There does also seem to be some sympathetic treatment of some of the individuals involved and "withholding evidence" on the part of Mather that would have implicated others.

    Any help with finding sympathetic treatments would be appreciated.
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