Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft Summer 2007 chas s. clifton, Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America. Lanham, Md.: Altamira Press, 2006. Pp. xiv 191. ``This book tries to tell a story that has never been told: the first decades of the contemporary Pagan movement--particularly Wicca, its largest component--in America'' (p. ix). So begins Chas Clifton's Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America. As Clifton notes in his preface, this book is indeed the first of its kind: a history of the Wiccan and modern Pagan (or Neopagan) movement in the United States from the 1950s to the present. Clifton's history is a sign that the study of Wicca and Paganism has come of age. Clifton and Graham Harvey recently edited The Paganism Reader (Routledge, 2004), another ``first'' in this area of scholarship. Their Reader brings together in one volume excerpts from key texts in the history of modern Wicca and Paganism. Clifton himself is an example of the sociological makeup of Wiccan and Pagan scholars. He became interested in Wicca and Paganism while an undergraduate in 1972 and has maintained a strong interest ever since. Like many other Wiccan and
Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft – University of Pennsylvania Press
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