The Salem Witch Trials Reader

The Salem Witch Trials Reader

Frances Hill


Against the backdrop of a Puritan theocracy threatened via swap, in a inhabitants terrified not just of everlasting damnation yet of the earthly risks of Indian massacres and recurrent smallpox epidemics, a small workforce of women denounces a black slave and others as worshipers of devil. inside years, twenty women and men are hanged or pressed to dying and over 100 others imprisoned and impoverished. In The Salem Witch Trials Reader, Frances Hill offers and astutely reviews upon the particular files from the trial--examinations of suspected witches, eyewitness bills of "Satanic influence," in addition to the testimony of these who retained their cause and defied the insanity. consistently drawing on firsthand records, she illustrates the old heritage to the witchhunt and indicates how the pains were represented, and occasionally distorted, through historians--and how they've got fired the imaginations of poets, playwrights, and novelists. For these thinking about the Salem witch trials, this is often compelling studying and the sourcebook.

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