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The Salem witch trials : a reference guide

Author: K David Goss
Publisher: Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Part of the enduring fascination of the Salem witch trials is the fact that, to date, no one theory has been able to fully explain the events that ravaged Salem in 1692. Countless causes, from ergot-infected rye to actual demonic posession, have been offered to explain why the accusations and erratic behavior of seven village girls left hundreds accused, over 20 dead, and the townspeople of eastern Massachusetts  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: K David Goss
ISBN: 9780313320958 0313320950
OCLC Number: 900777126
Description: xviii, 189 s. : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The origins of Puritan belief in witchcraft --
The accusations --
Early interpretations of the Salem witch trials --
Contemporary interpretations of the Salem witchcraft episode --
The impact of the Salem witch trials on later generations
Responsibility: K. David Goss


Includes: five essays exploring the event, including historical background, interpretations, and aftermath; biographical sketches of every player involved in the trials, from ministers to afflicted  Read more...


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