In Dangerous Books, the author tells the story of Yale where he is professor emeritus , founded in as a bastion of Puritanism, but with a library of works by English Enlightenment intellectuals. In six members of the faculty, including the rector, horrified the community by publicly renouncing Calvinism. The last official American execution for witchcraft occurred in , but the popular belief in witchcraft continued well into the 19th century: in a marvelously recounted vignette, Morgan describes Philadelphia in , where a few miles from the halls where America's elite were debating our Constitution, a mob abused and finally killed an old woman accused of witchcraft.
Three of the 17 essays are previously unpublished. Happily, all are up to the standards of this wise, venerable now 93 and deeply thoughtful historian.
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