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Sifting through the facts, myths, and half-truths surrounding the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, a historian draws on primary sources to explore the events of that time.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Marc Aronson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2005-08-01
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781416903154

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The Salem witch trials stand as one of the infamous moments in colonial American history. More than 150 people -- primarily women -- from 24 communities were charged with witchcraft; 19 were hanged and others died in prison. This second edition continues to explore the beliefs, fears, and historical context that fueled the witch panic of 1692. In his revised introduction, Richard Godbeer offers coverage of the convulsive ergotism thesis advanced in the 1970s and a discussion of new scholarship on men who were accused of witchcraft for explicitly gendered reasons. The documents in this volume illuminate how the Puritans' worldview led them to seek a supernatural explanation for the problems vexing their community. Presented as case studies, the carefully chosen records from several specific trials offer a clear picture of the gender norms and social tensions that underlie the witchcraft accusations. New to this edition are records from the trial of Samuel Wardwell, a fortune-teller or "cunning man" whose apparent expertise made him vulnerable to suspicions of witchcraft. The book's final documents cover recantations of confessions, the aftermath of the witch hunt, and statements of regret. A chronology of the witchcraft crisis, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography round out the book's pedagogical support.

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Genre: Salem (Mass.)
Author: Richard Godbeer
Publisher:
Release: 2017-09-08
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 1319088139

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Decades after witch-hunting had begun to die down in Europe, North America was about to witness its bloodiest witch hunt in history. The Massachusetts of 1692 was a very different one to the state we know today. Populated by colonists, many of them a generation or less from life in an England bathed in religious turmoil,

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Genre: History
Author: Captivating History
Publisher:
Release: 2019-08-16
File: 118 Pages
ISBN-13: 1950922677

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Decades before the Salem Witch trials, 11 people were hanged as witches in the Connecticut River Valley. The advent of witch hunting in New England was directly influenced by the English Civil War and the witch trials in England led by Matthew Hopkins, who pioneered “techniques” for examining witches. This history examines the outbreak of witch hysteria in the Valley, focusing on accusations of demonic possession, apotropaic magic and the role of the clergy. Although the hysteria was eventually quelled by a progressive magistrate unwilling to try witches, accounts of the trials later influenced contemporary writers during the Salem witch hunts. The source of the document “Grounds for Examination of a Witch” is identified.

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Genre: History
Author: Richard S. Ross III
Publisher: McFarland
Release: 2017-05-15
File: 344 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781476627793

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Witch-Children exposes one of the darkest corners of this time of fear and hysteria that gripped civilized society. The participation of small children and adolescents, whether as the accused or as the accusers, was pivotal. It linked the power of the inquisitor to the fates of many unsuspecting men and women - people who often became hapless victims, devoured by a ravenous inquisition that stretched across two continents. Dr.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Hans Sebald
Publisher:
Release: 1995
File: 258 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015033995278

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This book looks beyond single-factor interpretations to offer a far more nuanced view of why the Salem witch-hunt spiraled out of control. Rather than assigning blame to a single perpetrator, Ray assembles portraits of several major characters, each of whom had complex motives for accusing his or her neighbors. In this way, he reveals how religious, social, political, and legal factors all played a role in the drama.

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Genre: History
Author: Benjamin C. Ray
Publisher:
Release: 2017
File: 252 Pages
ISBN-13: 0813939925

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Describes the witch hunt that took place in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1692, detailing the story of Kate Branch, a seventeen-year-old afflicted by strange visions and given to wails of pain and fright, who accused several women of bewitching her.

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Genre: History
Author: Richard Godbeer
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release: 2005
File: 177 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780195161298

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An account of the witch hunts from their humble beginnings in 1691 to their dramatic conclusion, this new work contains a wealth of information gleaned from various contemporary records, and the personal archives of descendants on both sides of the confli

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Genre: History
Author: George Malcolm Yool
Publisher:
Release: 1992
File: 155 Pages
ISBN-13: 1556135653

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What caused the worst witch-hunt in U.S. history? What demons sent twenty innocent people to their deaths? Was it panic? Payback? Puritanism run amok? In this probing short-form book, award-winning journalist Bruce Watson captures all the fear and fear-mongering while exploring the latest historical research into this unforgettable American tragedy.

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Genre: History
Author: Bruce Watson
Publisher: New Word City
Release: 2018-02-06
File: 30 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781612306360

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The Salem witch trials stand as one of the infamous moments in colonial American history. More than 150 people -- primarily women -- from 24 communities were charged with witchcraft; 19 were hanged and others died in prison. In his introduction to this compact yet comprehensive volume, Richard Godbeer explores the beliefs, fears, and historical context that fueled the witch panic of 1692. The documents in this collection illuminate how the Puritans' worldview led them to seek a supernatural explanation for the problems vexing their community. Presented as case studies, the carefully chosen records from several specific trials offer a clear picture of the gender norms and social tensions that underlie the witchcraft accusations. The final documents cover recantations of confessions, the aftermath of the witch hunt, and statements of regret. A chronology of the witchcraft crisis, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography round out the book's pedagogical support.

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Genre: History
Author: Richard Godbeer
Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education
Release: 2011-01-11
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781319118174

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