The Unredeemed Captive


John Putnam Demos is an American author and historian. He has written two books which discuss witch-hunts and has discovered that one of his own ancestors was John Putnam Senior, ancestor of the Putnam family which was prominent in the Salem witch trials.[1]

Demos was awarded the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his book Entertaining Satan. He was awarded the 1995 Francis Parkman Prize for his book The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story From Early America.

He retired in December 2008 as the Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University.[2]

Demos lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University.

See also
  • Raphael Demos (father)
  • Entertaining Satan - Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England, Oxford University Press, London, 1982 ISBN 0-19-503378-7[3]
  • A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony
  • The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America (Winner of the Ray Allen Billington Award)
  • The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World
  • Editor, Remarkable Providences
  • Past, Present, and Personal: The Family and the Life Course in American History
  • The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic
  1. ^ "Spellbound" -Yale Alumni Magazine, Jan. 2009 Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Entertaining the Devil in Connecticut - New York Times
  3. ^ Rakove, Jack N. (19 September 1982). "Review: Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England by John Putnam Demos". NY Times
External links
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

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