Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse And The Making Of A Modern American Witch Hunt

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Basic Books, 1995 - Psychology - 317 pages
Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence that respectable men and women in their midst—many of them trusted preschool teachers—secretly gathered in far-reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic.

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SATAN'S SILENCE: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch-Hunt

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A pull-no-punches exposă of the forces behind a nationwide wave of false charges of ritual child abuse. In the 1970s and 1980s popular culture was rife with rumors that America's children were ... Read full review

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A wonderfully thorough review of the cultural, political and legal context leading up to the McMartin preschool trial in California and the satanic ritual abuse moral panic overall. Nathan & Snedeker's book is a compact, easy read doubtless from Nathan's experience as a journalist. Hundreds of references fill the notes pages, citing scholarly books and articles and primary materials from ritual abuse conferences that show the first-hand digging that went into the research for the book.  

Contents

ONE The Best of Intentions
11
TWO Demonology
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Mary Ann Barbour
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