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Puritan preacher Cotton Mather was an early American leader of great social, scientific, and political influence. A prolific author, he wrote over 450 books and pamphlets covering a variety of subjects, from theology to science to history. Study of his work reveals important insights into late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century American history, including troubling topics such as the Salem Witch Trials and slavery—both of which he was involved in and commented upon.
This collection compiles some of Mather’s most important works, such as the Magnalia Christi Americana—Mather’s most widely-read work which traces the ecclesiastical history of New England, including biographies of numerous eminent figures. Throughout these volumes he also creates the first American compilation volume of scientific knowledge, advocates for the Christian education of slaves, expresses support for inoculation, and gives a defensive account of the Salem Witch Trials. Volumes such as The Diary of Cotton Mather and Barrett Wendell’s classic biography, Cotton Mather, the Puritan Priest provide intimate insight into Mather’s life and thought. Rounding off the collection, you’ll also get an assortment of sermons, public addresses, and poetic works.
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Cotton Mather (1663–1728) was an American Puritan minister and author who exerted important religious, social, scientific, and political influence in late seventeenth- and early-sixteenth-century New England. Mather is remembered as a prolific author—writing over 450 books and pamphlets, as well as early proponent of inoculation. Mather also played a role in the Salem Witch Trials, about which he remained unrepentant throughout his life. The extent to which he was involved, as well as the effects of his actions are questions still controversial among historians.