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The idea behind this radical new treatment came from Africa, specifically from a slave named Onesimus, who shared his knowledge with Cotton Mather, the town’s leading minister and his legal owner. Boston still suffered dreadfully, but thanks to Onesimus and Mather, the terror linked to smallpox began to recede after Africans rolled up their sleeves—literally—to show Boston how inoculation worked.

The idea behind this radical new treatment came from Africa, specifically from a slave named Onesimus, who shared his knowledge with Cotton Mather, the town’s leading minister and his legal owner. Boston still suffered dreadfully, but thanks to Onesimus and Mather, the terror linked to smallpox began to recede after Africans rolled up their sleeves—literally—to show Boston how inoculation worked.

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This is a drawing of Cotton Mather.  Cotton Mather was born on February 12th, 1663 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Cotton Mather was a Puritan Minister who was, perhaps, best known for his participation in the Salem witch trials in the 1690’s.  Many of Cotton Mather’s writings led to the witchcraft hysteria and fueled the very superstitious people of the age to condemn many girls and women (and even a few men) to death.

This is a drawing of Cotton Mather. Cotton Mather was born on February 12th, 1663 in Boston, Massachusetts. Cotton Mather was a Puritan Minister who was, perhaps, best known for his participation in the Salem witch trials in the 1690’s. Many of Cotton Mather’s writings led to the witchcraft hysteria and fueled the very superstitious people of the age to condemn many girls and women (and even a few men) to death.

Cotton Mather and Joseph Dudley: Allies and Enemies in 1695 - http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/cotton-mather-joseph-dudley-allies-enemies-1695/

Cotton Mather and Joseph Dudley: Allies and Enemies in 1695 - http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/cotton-mather-joseph-dudley-allies-enemies-1695/

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this website talks about cotton Mather's childhood. also tells about his life with his wife and kids.   by: Mya love

this website talks about cotton Mather's childhood. also tells about his life with his wife and kids. by: Mya love

ZSR | Special Collections & Archives Blog – Magnalia Christi Americana, by Cotton Mather (1702)

ZSR | Special Collections & Archives Blog – Magnalia Christi Americana, by Cotton Mather (1702)

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1730-40 Artist: John Smibert 1688-1751. Subject: Sarah Middlecott 1678-1764 (Mrs. Louis Boucher). Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum. Mr. Louis Boucher, who had been born in France, was lost at sea in 1715. They had been married in 1702, in Boston by Cotton Mather.

1730-40 Artist: John Smibert 1688-1751. Subject: Sarah Middlecott 1678-1764 (Mrs. Louis Boucher). Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum. Mr. Louis Boucher, who had been born in France, was lost at sea in 1715. They had been married in 1702, in Boston by Cotton Mather.