Witchcraft in Illinois Available Sept 18
Just a few days remain before my new book Witchcraft in Illinois: A Cultural History officially goes on sale Monday, September 18. The paperback sells for $21.99 and the Kindle edition sells for $12.99. I don’t have a copy to show you yet, but the interior is beautifully designed, with 37 rarely-seen images.
Here are the ten most interesting highlights from the book:
- This is the first and only book to examine the subject of witchcraft in Illinois.
- It fills a large gap in the understanding of witchcraft as it relates to Illinois history.
- It examines little-known or forgotten episodes and events in Illinois history.
- It contains primary sources that have never been seen in print.
- It reveals the truth behind Illinois’ oldest tale of witchcraft—the execution of two French slaves in 1779.
- It shows the connection between witch beliefs in Illinois and those in early modern Europe.
- It shows how witch beliefs have always been a part of Illinois history, from the frontier to the present day.
- It shows how witch beliefs proliferated in both rural areas and cities like Chicago and its suburbs.
- It examines not simply cases of witchcraft, but also superstitions and beliefs about witches and folk magic.
- It reveals the startling fact that witch doctors practiced alongside modern medicine in Illinois well into the 1920s.
You can still Pre-order the book before September 18th.
Posted on September 13, 2017, in Musings, My Books and tagged cultural history, History Press, Illinois, Lauron William de Laurence, New Books, Owen Davies, Witchcraft in Illinois. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.