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Black Sheep: The Rev. John Cotton Jr. Story

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Is black sheep a fair description of Rev. John Cotton Jr.? His father, after all, condoned casting Anne Hutchinson out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, branded as a heretic. And his nephew Cotton Mather famously celebrated the Salem Witch Trials. ...

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6 Historic Haunted Houses in New England

Haunted houses belong to New England lore as Revolutionary battles or clipper ship races. New Englanders have been aware of the supernatural since Cotton Mather blamed earthquakes on the devil. New England. Ghosts, witches, devils and monsters in human shape ...

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The Day Rhode Island Hanged 26 Pirates

On July 19, 1723, officials in Newport, R.I., hanged 26 sailors for piracy before a jubilant crowd. They comprised half of all executions in Rhode Island between 1673 and February 13, 1845. Puritan minister Cotton Mather was pleased to get ...

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