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‘Founding Mother’

Acclaimed Cornell historian Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History – and the first woman faculty member in the history department – was the subject of a two-day conference Sept. 28-29 called Liberty’s Daughters and Sons: Celebrating the Legacy of Mary Beth Norton. Arranged by former students and colleagues, the on-campus conference attracted more […]

Haunted history

Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History and author of “In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692,” discussed the grim realities of the Salem witch trials on public radio’s Academic Minute. When I teach undergraduates about the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692, they’re always surprised that so many men […]

Witchy woman?

Research has no doubt taken Cornell historian Mary Beth Norton, author of the acclaimed 2002 book “In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692,” down many a scary passageway. Now she must face Sarah Jessica Parker, March 5 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Research into Parker’s family tree turned up a witch. Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger […]