Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

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William and Mary Quarterly

Third Series, Volume LXV
July 2008

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“Salem Possessed in Retrospect,”

By Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum

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Boyer, Figure 1

Figure I

Spring 1969: the first announcement of History 185, the experimental “laboratory” course introduced by Stephen Nissenbaum and Paul Boyer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for the fall of 1969. Initially, they planned to teach both Salem witchcraft and Shays’s Rebellion in the same semester. As the richness of the Salem topic became evident, they decided to devote the entire semester to it. (Shays’s Rebellion was the sole topic in the spring 1970 semester.)