Justice At Salem

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For too long the accepted view of the Salem witch trials has been that the events were caused either by fraud and/or hysteria and that no witchcraft was practiced by the accused. The religious leaders of the day stirred up zealotry and the justice system was either too corrupt or blind to properly administer justice. As a result, all of the convictions were a grave miscarriage of justice.

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Overview

For too long the accepted view of the Salem witch trials has been that the events were caused either by fraud and/or hysteria and that no witchcraft was practiced by the accused. The religious leaders of the day stirred up zealotry and the justice system was either too corrupt or blind to properly administer justice. As a result, all of the convictions were a grave miscarriage of justice.

However, there was actual witchcraft practiced in colonial New England and it is likely, although impossible to say with certainty, that its effects were more than merely psychological. And while miscarriages of justice were carried out, especially when the judges abandoned traditional legal protections in order to satisfy the wishes of the masses, guilty people were still among the condemned. As for the religious leaders, for the most part they generally advocated caution in the prosecution of suspected witches.

Much of what people know, or think that they know, about the events at Salem in 1692 is wrong. Self-styled experts often make mistakes about many of the basic facts and draw conclusions that are not justified. The witch trials may hold a special place in the imaginations of many people, however, often imagination warps judgment, understanding, and memory. Justice at Salem attempts to set the historical record straight and using the evidence available draws new conclusions about what happened that fateful year in Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595943224
  • Publisher: Undertaker Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2009
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Boring,

    I skipped the first 20 pages hitting the main words. I tried to read it but couldn't get into it. Got to ch. 2, hoping it would pick up and really get interesting but did not. It reads like a lecture. There is no emotion, passion, nor sympathy. Total waste of my time and money. Maybe this is what the author was going for when he wrote it. but not what I was going for when I purchased it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Research

    I had to a research project on Salem and this book helped me a lot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Interesting Premise

    Interesting premise that some of the witches were guilty. I would have liked to see more concrete, specific evidence of the differences and similarities between the Salem's 1690s' judicial system and our 21st century one. I also think the author had his own agenda and let it override his evidence in a few places. Still, it was interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    No problems

    There is no problem downloading the book.
    As for it being "boring" not everything is going to be an action flick. It is a book about legal history. It is what it is.
    For $2.99 it is a good deal and worth a read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2010

    Interested in the witch trials? Get a copy.

    Sure to become a classic in the field, over time. It reads like the author is talking to you in a conversational tone, which makes it easier to read. Well documented and well written. I found it to be educational and entertaining. Interesting arguments and theories suggested that had previously not been raised. Solid civil libertarian arguments are made too, which should make the book appealing to everyone interested in civil rights and the current state of America.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    would love to read it.

    i purchased this. confirmed purchase. told to check library. still says i have to purchase. :-(

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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