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The Naked Quaker
True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts
of Colonial New England  
By Diane Rapaport

Commonwealth Editions, October 2007

Finalist, ForeWord Magazine’s 2007
“Book of the Year” Award for History

ISBN 978-1-933212-96-8, 160 pages
6 x 9 paperback, $14.95 list price

(Originally published in hardcover
ISBN 978-1-933212-57-9)

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Naked Quakers and other forgotten Americans—feisty, unruly and surprisingly irreverent—come to life in these true court cases from colonial New England. The title story involves a Quaker woman who walked into Puritan Sunday meeting and dropped her dress in front of the gathering, to protest actions of the colonial authorities. Chapters include Witches and Wild Women, Coupling, Parents and Youth, Tavern Tales, Slaves and Servants, Neighbor vs. Neighbor, Sunday Meeting, Frontier Justice, Offshore Antics, and Lawyers and Judges.

“Call it Court TV meets the History Channel. Via a collection of true vignettes, Rapaport reveals that our Puritan forebears were not all stiff hats and stern faces. Colonial misbehavior was rampant. Pigs were purloined, wives were led astray, too many drams of rum were drunk, and even church pews were fought over in unseemly ways.” Denise Davis, Boston Globe. [Read review…]

“Inside Diane Rapaport’s ‘true crimes and controversies from the courts of colonial New England’ are stories that will remind you that our forebears could be just as unusual and nutty as our contemporaries.” Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor, Cape Cod Times. [Read review…]

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