A Salem Witch Book

A Salem Witch


  • Author : Daniel A. Gagnon
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-10-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 1594163677

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A Salem Witch Excerpt :

In the winter of 1692 something terrible and frightening began in Salem Village. It started with several villagers having strange fits, screaming, and unnaturally contorting themselves, and ended with almost two hundred people in jail, and at least twenty-five dead. Witchcraft accusations--claims that some inhabitants had forsaken God to become servants of the Devil--spread from Salem Village across Massachusetts, ensnaring innocent people from all strata of society under a burden of assumed guilt. One of the most significant accusations, and most unlikely, was against a seventy-one-year-old grandmother, Rebecca Nurse. The accusations against Nurse, a well-respected member in the community, seemed unbelievable. Unflinchingly, this ailing elderly woman insisted on her innocence and refused to falsely confess as some of the others did in order to save their lives. Supported by many in Salem, Nurse's family and neighbors challenged her accusers in court and prepared a thorough defense for her, yet nothing could surmount the fear of witchcraft, and she was sentenced to death. Nurse, seen as a martyr for the truth, later became the first person accused of witchcraft to be memorialized in North America. In A Salem Witch: The Trial, Execution, and Exoneration of Rebecca Nurse, the first full account of Nurse's life, Daniel A. Gagnon vividly recreates seventeenth-century Salem, and in the process challenges previous interpretations of Nurse's life and the 1692 witch hunt in general. Through primary source research, he reveals how the Nurse family's role in several disputes prior to the witch hunt was different than previously thought, as well as how Nurse's case helps answer the important question of whether the accusations of witchcraft were caused by mental illness or malicious intent. A Salem Witch reveals a remarkable woman whose legacy has transformed how the witch hunt has been remembered and memorialized.

Witch Hunt Book
Score: 3.5
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Witch Hunt


  • Author : Marc Aronson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2005-08-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416903154

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Witch Hunt Excerpt :

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.

Records of the Salem Witch Hunt Book

Records of the Salem Witch Hunt


  • Author : Bernard Rosenthal
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-12-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 1012
  • ISBN 10 : 1107689619

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Records of the Salem Witch Hunt Excerpt :

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 Salem Witch Hunt Book

The Salem Witch Hunt


  • Author : Captivating History
  • Publisher : Ch Publications
  • Release Date : 2019-11-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN 10 : 1647480019

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The Salem Witch Hunt Excerpt :

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,

Satan and Salem Book

Satan and Salem


  • Author : Benjamin C. Ray
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813937083

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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 Book
Score: 3
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Death in Salem


  • Author : Diane Foulds
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2013-08-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780762766406

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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?

The Story of the Salem Witch Trials Book

The Story of the Salem Witch Trials


  • Author : Bryan F. Le Beau
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-05-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315509037

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The Story of the Salem Witch Trials Excerpt :

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 Reader Book

The Salem Witch Trials Reader


  • Author : Frances Hill
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2009-06-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786748389

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Against the backdrop of a Puritan theocracy threatened by change, in a population terrified not only of eternal damnation but of the earthly dangers of Indian massacres and recurrent smallpox epidemics, a small group of girls denounces a black slave and others as worshipers of Satan. Within two years, twenty men and women are hanged or pressed to death and over a hundred others imprisoned and impoverished. In The Salem Witch Trials Reader, Frances Hill provides and astutely comments upon the actual documents from the trial--examinations of suspected witches, eyewitness accounts of "Satanic influence," as well as the testimony of those who retained their reason and defied the madness. Always drawing on firsthand documents, she illustrates the historical background to the witchhunt and shows how the trials have been represented, and sometimes distorted, by historians--and how they have fired the imaginations of poets, playwrights, and novelists. For those fascinated by the Salem witch trials, this is compelling reading and the sourcebook.

The Salem Witch Hunt Book
Score: 3
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The Salem Witch Hunt


  • Author : Richard Godbeer
  • Publisher : Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Release Date : 2011-01-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 0312484550

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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.

1692 Witch Hunt Book

1692 Witch Hunt


  • Author : George Malcolm Yool
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 155
  • ISBN 10 : 1556135653

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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

The True Story of the Salem Witch Hunts Book

The True Story of the Salem Witch Hunts


  • Author : Amelie von Zumbusch
  • Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • Release Date : 2008-07-15
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN 10 : 9781435849143

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The True Story of the Salem Witch Hunts Excerpt :

Young readers of this book will learn about the Salem witch trials, a tragic chapter in U.S. history, and the mysteries that surround it.

The Salem Witchcraft Trials Book

The Salem Witchcraft Trials


  • Author : Geraldine Woods
  • Publisher : Enslow Pub Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 104
  • ISBN 10 : 0766013839

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Examines the events surrounding the Salem Witchcraft Trials and the unjust treatment of those who were falsely accused.

Witch Hunt Book

Witch Hunt


  • Author : Clifton Wilcox
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2012-03
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 76
  • ISBN 10 : 9781469181127

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Tyler Trio Adventure Salem Witch Hunt Book

Tyler Trio Adventure Salem Witch Hunt


  • Author : B. A. Parra
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release Date : 2007-05-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 124
  • ISBN 10 : 9780615147208

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Tyler Trio Adventure Salem Witch Hunt Excerpt :

The Tyler Trio set out on their third adventure back in time to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. They are looking for the mysterious girl with green eyes who has entranced Nathan for the third time. They land in Salem where the townsfolk are suspicious of strangers and believe in witchcraft. Can they escape and return home?

A Delusion of Satan Book
Score: 4
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A Delusion of Satan


  • Author : Frances Hill
  • Publisher : Tantor eBooks
  • Release Date : 2014-07-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN 10 : 9781618031143

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Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist who regularly writes for U.S. News & World Report and has written for numerous other publications, including CNNMoney.com, Life and Reuters. He is also the author of Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever. He lives with his two daughters in Loveland, Ohio.