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Discusses the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692, the events leading up to them, and how the trials have been viewed by different historians since then.

Discusses the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692, the events leading up to them, and how the trials have been viewed by different historians since then.

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Overview

Discusses the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692, the events leading up to them, and how the trials have been viewed by different historians since then.

Discusses the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692, the events leading up to them, and how the trials have been viewed by different historians since then.

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Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
The Salem Witch Trials have long fascinated people of all ages. After a brief history of witches and witchcraft in the world, Wilson gives a detailed account of the events that led up to and that occurred during the Salem Witch Trials. Subsequent chapters examine views from different time periods looking back at the Salem Witch Trials, including the views of rationalists, Freudian psychologists, and feminists. After comparing the McCarthy Trials and the Salem Witch Trials through Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, Wilson ends with a look at modern Salem and a chapter on how to become a historian. She provides a very thorough examination of this period in history from a wide variety of viewpoints. Part of the "How History Is Invented" series.
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Gr 6-10An excellent introduction to the trials, the possible causes, and their enduring social and political ramifications. Wilson first takes readers through the history and evolution of witchcraft, thus setting the stage for a better understanding of how such events occurred, and then explores the differences between Western and non-Western perceptions of witches. The full-color and black-and-white illustrations complement and balance the text. For example, the chapter detailing the events of the Salem Witch Trials contains a lengthy sidebar describing the Puritans, reproductions of primary-source material, and a map of the geographical region. Chapters are devoted to the historical reactions to the witch-hunts and recurring interest in the occult and the phenomenon of mass hysteria throughout our history. The author looks at feminists and witchcraft, the parallels of the McCarthy investigations and Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, and provides a final and outstanding chapter on how historians gather their information. The writing is accessible and the text provides a great deal of interesting information in a palatable format. Sources are fully documented and a detailed index is provided. Wilson's book can certainly stand alone, but could be combined with Kathryn Lasky's Beyond the Burning Time (Scholastic, 1994) and Ann Rinaldi's A Break with Charity (Harcourt, 1992) to bring the era to even greater life. This is truly historical research at its best: clear, fascinating, and leaving readers wanting to learn more.Joan Soulliere, Wenham Public Library, MA
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10--Not restricted to the events of 1692, this well-documented and reasoned overview traces the primeval roots of humankind's belief in magic and the spirit world and carries it up to modern-day witch-hunts. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822548898
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: How History Is Invented Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    A Witchy Tale

    I enjoyed the book. I was already interested in the subject but I didn't want to read a long book for my project. This book gets straight to the point. Some parts were alitle confusing, but overall it was good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    all around good book

    I am only 13 years old and my name is James Balderas. I read the book for a report in my 8th grade language class . I did not think I would get into the book like I did . I really enjoyed the book so I give the author a pat on the back.James Balderas

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