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Excerpt from The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Excerpt from The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Margaret Moore

In this passage Margaret Moore clarifies Hawthorne's own connection to the cruel ancestor of Young Goodman Brown.
"In 'Young Goodman Brown' the young protagonist talks of his ancestor who commanded the constable to lash 'the Quaker woman so smartly though the streets of Salem.' Hawthorne had read this detail of the whipping of Ann Coleman in William Sewel's The History of the People Called Quaker, which said that Major Hathorne had once opposed 'compulsion for conscience' but that his 'firm warrant' for whipping had almost cost Coleman's life"(32).  (courtesy of University of Missouri Press)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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