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In the Devil's Snare


Category: History: U.S.: 17th Century


Mary Beth Norton


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ISBN: 037540709X


Binding: Cloth

In January 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts, two young girls began to suffer from inexplicable fits. Seventeen months later, after legal action had been taken against 144 people - 20 of them put to death - the ignominious Salem witchcraft trials finally came to an end. Now, Mary Beth Norton, one of our most admired historians, gives us a unique perspective on the events at Salem, helping us to understand them as they were understood by those who lived through the frenzy. Describing the situation from a 17th-century perspective, Norton examines the crucial turning points, the accusers, the confessors, the judges, and the accused, among whom were 38 men. She delves into the question of why the women and girls under the age of 25 who were the most active accusers - and who would normally be ignored by male magistrates - were suddenly given absolute credence. She moves beyond the immediate vicinity of Salem Village to demonstrate how the Indian wars helped to convince the Puritans that they were in the devil's snare. And she makes clear that ultimate responsibility fell to the governor and the judges.


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