The Salem Witch Trials Reader

The Salem Witch Trials Reader

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by Frances Hill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 030680946X

ISBN-13: 9780306809460

Pub. Date: 10/01/2000

Publisher: Da Capo Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306809460
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
784,730
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.99(d)

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The Salem Witch Trials Reader 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is another excellent source of information for the happenings at Salem. Great to add to your libary.