Witchcraft on Trial: From the Salem Witch Hunts to the Crucible

Witchcraft on Trial: From the Salem Witch Hunts to the Crucible

by Maurene J. Hinds
     
 

Witches in Massachusetts? What happened in Salem - and why?

In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls accused several people of the town of being witches. A series of trials ensued, leading to guilty verdicts and executions of twenty villagers. The events have fascinated people for three centuries, leading to debate, speculation, and historical

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Witches in Massachusetts? What happened in Salem - and why?

In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls accused several people of the town of being witches. A series of trials ensued, leading to guilty verdicts and executions of twenty villagers. The events have fascinated people for three centuries, leading to debate, speculation, and historical investigation. In The Crucible, famed playwright Arthur Miller wrote about that time, using the events in Salem to comment on the anti-Communist fervor of 1950s America. In Witchcraft on Trial: From the Salem Witch Hunts to The Crucible, author Maurene J. Hinds compares the historical events with the movie made from the play to help readers understand what happened and why.

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Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
From the seven book series "Famous Court Cases that Became Movies," the Salem witch trials are approached from the unique angle of providing historical background about the trials to show how Arthur Miller went on to write a play and have a movie made about the court case. The author examines witchcraft, its history, the prosecution and punishment of alleged witches, and its spread from Europe via England to New England. An extensive overview of the specific events that took place in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, his title examines the outbreak of witchcraft, the accusations, investigations, trials, executions, and the aftermath. After providing background about the case, the author goes on to write about Miller's play, The Crucible, written in 1953, and the 1996 movie version. Small sidebars throughout the text offer information about the play and the movie, but most of the main text is about the actual historical case, making the final chapters about Miller's work feel tacked on. The chapter about The Crucible provides a plot summary, information about McCarthyism, and examines responses to Miller's play. Even if the gimmick of tying the movie in with the historical case falls short, this visually appealing book is thorough without feeling tedious and would be a useful supplement for students studying The Crucible. Scene stills from the film, illustrations, engravings, woodcuts, maps, paintings, a table of contents, chapter notes, glossary, an index, and suggested further reading round out this title. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor

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ISBN-13:
9780766030558
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Famous Court Cases That Became Movies Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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