MHS: The Roasting of Hugh Peter: Satire and Politics in Early America


Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Massachusetts Historical Society Founded 1791

Adrian Weimer, Providence College

Accused regicide and former pastor of Salem, Massachusetts, Hugh Peter was the target of colorful satirical ballads and mock-sermons in the mid-seventeenth century. This presentation will explore the ways Royalists attacked Peter as a way of mocking the culture of puritanism, expressing anxieties about the very existence of puritan colonies.