The Salem Witch Trials Reader
Hachette Books, 19 paź 2000 - 440
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.
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Their bringing 27 March following , together with 3 other men not in full
communion , and one of them a stranger to our village , a factious and seditious
libel to the pastor , consisting of confused calumnies or reflections on said
minister and ...
... evening she saw the apparition of a minister at which she was greviously
affrighted and cried out , oh dreadful , dreadful , here is a minister come , what
are ministers witches too ? whence come you and what is your name for I will
On April 20 the apparition of a minister appeared to Ann Putnam , Jr. ( who had
been only two years old when ... He also tempted her “ to write in his book , ” but
she refused , scolding him that he which was a minister , that should teach ...
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