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Tainted Harvest 


Nancy Smith

Historical Fiction

Published 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9913907-5-5

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Short Description: Tainted Harvest explores the life of Tituba, an indian enslaved as a girl in South America, through her known travels and diverse cultural experiences cullminating with her arrest and imprisionment in Salem in 1692 as a witch.

This story is based on a real person.

Author Comment: One day while searching the Internet, I came across an article written by a graduate student in psychology at the University of California. (Caporael, Linnda R (1976) Erotism: The Satan Loosed in Salem? Science, 192, 21-26).  This article proposed that ergot poisoning may have resulted in the physical effects noted among Puritans during one growing season in Salem, MA in 1692.  What if the Puritans experienced something that was real, just beyond their understanding?

Reviewer Quote: A deft work of historical fiction with a timely message about the perils of marginalizing and demonizing the "Other."' Kirkus Reviews

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