Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt
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Author: Marc Aronson
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781416903154
Release: 2005-08-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

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.

The Salem Witch Hunt

The Salem Witch Hunt
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Author: Richard Godbeer
Pages: 224
ISBN: 1319088139
Release: 2017-09-08
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

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.

The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials
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Author: Marilynne K. Roach
Pages: 688
ISBN: 1589791320
Release: 2004
Editor: Taylor Trade Publications

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Salem Witch Trials is based on over twenty-five years of archival research--including the author's discovery of previously unknown documents--newly found cases and court records. From January 1692 to January 1697 this history unfolds a nearly day-by-day narrative of the crisis as the citizens of New England experienced it.

The Salem Witch Hunt

The Salem Witch Hunt
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Author: Captivating History
Pages: 118
ISBN: 1950922677
Release: 2019-08-16
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

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,

Death in Salem

Death in Salem
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Author: Diane Foulds
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780762766406
Release: 2013-08-06
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Salem witchcraft will always have a magnetic pull on the American psyche. During the 1692 witch trials, more than 150 people were arrested. An estimated 25 million Americans—including author Diane Foulds—are descended from the twenty individuals executed. What happened to our ancestors? Death in Salem is the first book to take a clear-eyed look at this complex time, by examining the lives of the witch trial participants from a personal perspective. Massachusetts settlers led difficult lives; every player in the Salem drama endured hardships barely imaginable today. Mercy Short, one of the “bewitched” girls, watched as Indians butchered her parents; Puritan minister Cotton Mather outlived all but three of his fifteen children. Such tragedies shaped behavior and, as Foulds argues, ultimately played a part in the witch hunt’s outcome. A compelling “who’s who” to Salem witchcraft, Death in Salem profiles each of these historical personalities as it asks: Why was this person targeted?

Witch Hunts

Witch Hunts
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Author: Robert Rapley
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9780773577206
Release: 2007
Editor: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Witch hunts are the products of intense fear and paranoia and the results are often terrible. The accused in three famous witchcraft cases - in Bamberg and Wurzburg, Germany, in Loudun, France, and in Salem, Massachusetts - were assumed to be guilty without proof. Secret accusations were accepted, evidence was falsified, and extreme pressures, including torture, were used. Arguing that fear was, and still is, a prerequisite to any witch hunt, Robert Rapley shows that the current hunt for terrorists mirrors the witch crazes of the past.

Escaping Salem

Escaping Salem
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Author: Richard Godbeer
Pages: 177
ISBN: 9780195161298
Release: 2005
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

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.

The Witches

The Witches
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Author: Stacy Schiff
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780316200615
Release: 2015-10-27
Editor: Little, Brown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

Records of the Salem Witch Hunt

Records of the Salem Witch Hunt
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Author: Bernard Rosenthal
Pages: 996
ISBN: 9780521661669
Release: 2009-01-26
Editor: Cambridge University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book offers a comprehensive record of legal documents written in 1692 and 1693 in connection with the Salem witch trials. It is the most comprehensive edition of those records ever published, and includes for the first time the records in chronological order, all newly transcribed from the original manuscripts

The Crucible

The Crucible
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Author: Arthur Miller
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781101665008
Release: 1976-10-28
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village. First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can. "A drama of emotional power and impact" —New York Post

Records of the Salem Witch Hunt

Records of the Salem Witch Hunt
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Author: Bernard Rosenthal
Pages: 1012
ISBN: 1107689619
Release: 2013-12-19
Editor: Cambridge University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book represents the first comprehensive record of all legal documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials, in chronological order. Numerous newly discovered manuscripts, as well as records published in earlier books that were overlooked in other editions, offer a comprehensive narrative account of the events of 1692-93, with supplementary materials stretching as far as the mid - 18th century. The book may be used as a reference book or read as an unfolding narrative. All legal records are newly transcribed, and errors in previous editions have been corrected. Included in this edition is a historical introduction, a legal introduction, and a linguistic introduction. Manuscripts are accompanied by notes that, in many cases, identify the person who wrote the record. This has never been attempted, and much is revealed by seeing who wrote what, when. Publication made possible with generous support by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/index.html

The Story of the Salem Witch Trials

The Story of the Salem Witch Trials
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Author: Bryan F. Le Beau
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781315509037
Release: 2016-05-23
Editor: Routledge

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Between June 10 and September 22, 1692, nineteen people were hanged for practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. One person was pressed to death, and over 150 others were jailed, where still others died. The Story of the Salem Witch Trials is a history of that event. It provides a much needed synthesis of the most recent scholarship on the subject, places the trials into the context of the Great European Witch-Hunt, and relates the events of 1692 to witch-hunting throughout seventeenth century New England. This complex and difficult subject is covered in a uniquely accessible manner that captures all the drama that surrounded the Salem witch trials. From beginning to end, the reader is carried along by the author’s powerful narration and mastery of the subject. While covering the subject in impressive detail, Bryan Le Beau maintains a broad perspective on events, and wherever possible, lets the historical characters speak for themselves. Le Beau highlights the decisions made by individuals responsible for the trials that helped turn what might have been a minor event into a crisis that has held the imagination of students of American history.

The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials
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Author: K. David Goss
Pages: 189
ISBN: 0313320950
Release: 2008
Editor: ABC-CLIO

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Offers an overview of the Salem witch trials, including the origins of Puritan belief in witchcraft, the accusations leading to the Salem trials, and the impact of the Salem trials on American life and society.

Abigail Accused

Abigail Accused
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Author: Juliet Haines Mofford
Pages: 266
ISBN: 1946920266
Release: 2017-10-30
Editor: Touchpoint Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Abigail Accused steps into life in the Puritan village of Andover and reveals the callous truth of what has become one of many landmark cases against injustice during the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail Dane Faulkner, daughter of the town¿s respected minister, was convicted of witchcraft in 1692 and condemned to die. Her story is based on eye-witness accounts and 17th century documents. How did the people of Massachusetts Bay Colony become victims of the fear and religious fanaticism that led to the arrests of nearly 200 citizens and the executions of 20 innocents? Why did Abigail's own family¿her own daughters¿testify against her? Mofford brings to life the dramatic realities of the period and the events of daily life along with events such as courtship, marriage, the sin of fornication, childbirth, poverty, and terrifying attacks by Native Americans upon this frontier community. Abigail¿s abiding love for her husband, Francis Faulkner, sustained him through bouts of what we recognize today as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Abigail Accused is the historical revelation of how one wife and mother, alongside her minister father, fought bigotry and helped bring an end to the deadly witch hunts. Petitions by father and daughter are landmark documents of free speech and remind us all of the ongoing struggle for human rights.

Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt
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Author: Stephen Krensky
Pages: 48
ISBN: 0394819233
Release: 1989
Editor: Random House Books for Young Readers

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An account of the madness that overtook Salem Village, Massachusetts, when several young girls accused a number of adults in the community of being witches.

The Wheelwright s Daughter

The Wheelwright s Daughter
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Author: Eleanor Porter
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781838895174
Release: 2020-04-21
Editor: Boldwood Books Ltd

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Can she save herself from a witch's fate? Martha is a feisty and articulate young woman, the daughter of a wheelwright, living in a Herefordshire village in Elizabethan England. With no mother Martha's life is spent running her father's meagre household and helping out at the local school whilst longing to escape the confines and small-mindedness of a community driven by religious bigotry and poverty. As she is able to read and is well-versed in herbal remedies she is suspected of being a witch. When a landslip occurs - opening up a huge chasm in the centre of the village - she is blamed for it and pursued remorselessly by the villagers. But can her own wits and the love of local stablehand Jacob save her from a witch's persecution and death... A brilliant and accomplished novel that perfectly captures the febrile atmosphere of Elizabethan village life in an age when suspicion and superstition were rife. Perfect for fans of Tracy Chevalier. Praise for The Wheelwright's Daughter: 'It's a gripping story and such accomplished writing. I really enjoyed every moment of working on it.' Yvonne Holland, editor of Philippa Gregory and Tracy Chevalier

Satan and Salem

Satan and Salem
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Author: Benjamin C. Ray
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780813937083
Release: 2015-05-29
Editor: University of Virginia Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The result of a perfect storm of factors that culminated in a great moral catastrophe, the Salem witch trials of 1692 took a breathtaking toll on the young English colony of Massachusetts. Over 150 people were imprisoned, and nineteen men and women, including a minister, were executed by hanging. The colonial government, which was responsible for initiating the trials, eventually repudiated the entire affair as a great "delusion of the Devil." In Satan and Salem, Benjamin Ray 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. Ray’s historical database of court records, documents, and maps yields a unique analysis of the geographic spread of accusations and trials, ultimately showing how the witch-hunt resulted in the execution of so many people—far more than any comparable episode on this side of the Atlantic. In addition to the print volume, Satan and Salem will also be available as a linked e-book offering the reader the opportunity to investigate firsthand the primary sources and maps on which Ray’s groundbreaking argument rests.

Death in Salem

Death in Salem
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Author: Diane E. Foulds
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0762784970
Release: 2013-08-06
Editor: Globe Pequot

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Salem witchcraft will always have a magnetic pull on the American psyche. During the 1692 witch trials, more than 150 people were arrested. An estimated 25 million Americans—including author Diane Foulds—are descended from the twenty individuals executed. What happened to our ancestors? Death in Salem is the first book to take a clear-eyed look at this complex time, by examining the lives of the witch trial participants from a personal perspective. Massachusetts settlers led difficult lives; every player in the Salem drama endured hardships barely imaginable today. Mercy Short, one of the “bewitched” girls, watched as Indians butchered her parents; Puritan minister Cotton Mather outlived all but three of his fifteen children. Such tragedies shaped behavior and, as Foulds argues, ultimately played a part in the witch hunt’s outcome. A compelling “who’s who” to Salem witchcraft, Death in Salem profiles each of these historical personalities as it asks: Why was this person targeted?

Who Were the Accused Witches of Salem

Who Were the Accused Witches of Salem
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Author: Laura Hamilton Waxman
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9780761388265
Release: 2012-03-01
Editor: Lerner Publications

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Answers frequently asked questions about the Salem Witch Trials, which left a mark on the United States justice system.

The Malleus Maleficarum

The Malleus Maleficarum
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Author: Heinrich Kramer,James Sprenger
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9781602063846
Release: 2007-04-01
Editor: Cosimo, Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"A handbook for hunting and punishing witches to assist the Inquisition and Church in exterminating undesirables. Mostly a compilation of superstition and folklore, the book was taken very seriously at the time it was written in the 15th century and became a kind of spiritual law book used by judges to determine the guilt of the accused"--From publisher description.