Death in Salem: The Private Lives behind the 1692 Witch Huntby Diane Foulds
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/i>… See more details below
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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.
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Death in SalemThe Private Lives behind the 1692 Witch Hunt
By Diane E. Foulds
Globe PequotCopyright © 2010 Diane E. Foulds
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From chapter 1, “The Accusers”
With so much resting on intangibles, it’s little wonder that the young women of Salem Village indulged in occasional fortune-telling. . . .
So what a relief it must have been in 1692, when a physician cleared them of guilt by proclaiming them the victims of sorcery. . . . Girls who had been bored and neglected now found themselves pitied and awed, even deferred to, until the game got out of hand. Before they knew it, distracted children were sending innocents to their deaths.
. . . What had started with a few tremulous girls evolved into a cathartic exorcism engaging every segment of the community. As the following profiles reveal, the pent-up hostilities that fueled it went far deeper than anyone might have guessed.
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