Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community under Siege

Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community under Siege

by Marilynne K. Roach


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Based on twenty-seven years of original archival research, including the discovery of previously unknown documents, this day-by-day narrative of the hysteria that swept through Salem Village in 1692 and 1693 reveals new connections behind the events, and shows how rapidly a community can descend into bloodthirsty madness. Roach opens her work with chapters on the history of the Puritan colonies of New England, and explains how these people regarded the metaphysical and the supernatural. The account of the days from January 1692 to March 1693 keeps in order the large cast of characters, places events in their correct contexts, and occasionally contradicts earlier assumptions about the gruesome events. The last chapter discusses the remarkable impact of the events, pointing out how the 300th anniversary of the trials made headlines in Japan and Australia.

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ISBN-13: 9781589791329
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 07/22/2004
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 167,707
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.51(d)

About the Author

Marilynne K. Roach, author and illustrator of In the Days of the Salem Witchcraft Trials and former contributor to the Boston Globe, lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, near Boston.

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The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community under Siege 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Salem Witch Trials is extensive in the authors research. I was amazed at the detail and the maps included were a bonus to help show where everyone was located. You really feel like you were right there in the rooms with the people being questioned. I was just mesmorized reading this and highly suggest it to anyone wanting the truth about the trials, not some heresay chronicle or what modern people think of witchcraft, if you want that goto the lifestyles section of the bookstore. This is a real account of the torture and pain and suffering of innocent people and thier families. The detailed listing of who was accused is worth buying the book alone, everything from time of death to how they died and who exactly was accused and if they were jailed, sentenced, hung, escaped, you name it, it is all there. As a bonus a few photos are given of artifacts, very nice addition. The authors writing is very smooth and easy to get into. I was worried this might read like some court recorders boring accounts but this book is far from it. If your at all interested in this part of american history pick this book up today. I doubt you will find a more accurate account of this sad time in our country's history.
ydraughon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The witch scare and accusations went well beyond Salem Village to pervade New England; in less than two years, twenty people were put to death, and more than one hundred others were imprisoned. The Salem Witch Trials is based on over twenty-five years of original archival research (including the author's discovery of previously unknown documents), as well as on newly found cases and court records. From January 1692 to January 1697, this history unfolds a nearly day-by-day narrative of the crisis, while providing rich details of the communal, colonial, and international events that influenced the witch scare and trials. Illustrated with dozens of photos, drawings, and maps. This book would be recommended for high school. It can be used for history classes and to make timelines and English classes for reading, and for I thought that this book was better and more interesting than the one we were asked to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book looking through the bibliography of a novel I just devoured.