This book enables readers to get unique perspective and insight into the nature of this event through a representative selection of primary source materials, each of which is prefaced with explanatory editorial comments.
Author: K. David Goss Ph.D.
Through its extensive use of primary source materials and provision of essential accompanying explanations, this book places readers into the context of late 17th-century Salem society to shed light on one of the darkest events in American history—the Salem witch trials. • Examines the individual cases of many of the victims of the more than year-long Salem witch trials episode • Clarifies the historical context of the belief systems and culture of 17th-century Massachusetts to enable modern readers to grasp how such an unbelievable series of events could have happened in that specific era • Introduces contemporary audiences to the meaning of the archaic language and ideas of the late 1600s as used in the primary documents
This is the second volume of the official records from the Salem witch trials, copied from the original documents.
The Salem witch trials were the famous trails and prosecutions of people who were accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts from 1692 to May 1693. In total, over 200 people were accused, with 19 being executed for their supposed preternatural crimes. This book contains the second volume of the official records of the trials, copied form the original documents. Contents include: "Sarah Vibber v. John Willard", "Eliz Hubbard v. John Willard", "Eliz Booth v. John Willard", "Lydia Nichols Margaret Knight v. John Willard", "Sam Wilkins v. John Willard", "Thomas Bailed v. John Willard", "Eliz Bailey v. John Willard", "Rebecca Wilkins v. John Willard", etc. This vintage book will appeal to those with an interest in these famous trials, and it would make for a perfect addition to collections of related literature. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new introduction on the folklore and history of witchcraft.
The documents in this collection illuminate how the Puritans' worldview led them to seek a supernatural explanation for the problems vexing their community.
Author: Richard Godbeer
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
The Salem witch trials stand as one of the infamous moments in colonial American history. More than 150 people -- primarily women -- from 24 communities were charged with witchcraft; 19 were hanged and others died in prison. In his introduction to this compact yet comprehensive volume, Richard Godbeer explores the beliefs, fears, and historical context that fueled the witch panic of 1692. The documents in this collection illuminate how the Puritans' worldview led them to seek a supernatural explanation for the problems vexing their community. Presented as case studies, the carefully chosen records from several specific trials offer a clear picture of the gender norms and social tensions that underlie the witchcraft accusations. The final documents cover recantations of confessions, the aftermath of the witch hunt, and statements of regret. A chronology of the witchcraft crisis, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography round out the book's pedagogical support.
This book represents the first comprehensive record of all legal documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials, in chronological order.
Author: Bernard Rosenthal
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book represents the first comprehensive record of all legal documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials, in chronological order. Numerous newly discovered manuscripts, as well as records published in earlier books that were overlooked in other editions, offer a comprehensive narrative account of the events of 1692-93, with supplementary materials stretching as far as the mid - 18th century. The book may be used as a reference book or read as an unfolding narrative. All legal records are newly transcribed, and errors in previous editions have been corrected. Included in this edition is a historical introduction, a legal introduction, and a linguistic introduction. Manuscripts are accompanied by notes that, in many cases, identify the person who wrote the record. This has never been attempted, and much is revealed by seeing who wrote what, when. Publication made possible with generous support by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/index.html
This two-volume series of booklets summarizes the Salem witchcraft episode and provides a selection of primary source materials. Boyer, Paul and Stephen Nissenbaum, eds. The Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcripts of the Legal ...
Author: K. David Goss
Offers an overview of the Salem witch trials, including the origins of Puritan belief in witchcraft, the accusations leading to the Salem trials, and the impact of the Salem trials on American life and society.
Boyer and Nissenbaum, eds., The Salem Witchcraft Papers, II, 748–749; Upham, Salem Witchcraft, II, 23–26. ... Marion L. Starkey, The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949), ...
Author: Bryan F. Le Beau
Between June 10 and September 22, 1692, nineteen people were hanged for practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. One person was pressed to death, and over 150 others were jailed, where still others died. The Story of the Salem Witch Trials is a history of that event. It provides a much needed synthesis of the most recent scholarship on the subject, places the trials into the context of the Great European Witch-Hunt, and relates the events of 1692 to witch-hunting throughout seventeenth century New England. This complex and difficult subject is covered in a uniquely accessible manner that captures all the drama that surrounded the Salem witch trials. From beginning to end, the reader is carried along by the author’s powerful narration and mastery of the subject. While covering the subject in impressive detail, Bryan Le Beau maintains a broad perspective on events, and wherever possible, lets the historical characters speak for themselves. Le Beau highlights the decisions made by individuals responsible for the trials that helped turn what might have been a minor event into a crisis that has held the imagination of students of American history.
For those fascinated by the Salem witch trials, this is compelling reading and the sourcebook.
Author: Frances Hill
Publisher: Hachette UK
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.
In addition to the print volume, Satan and Salem will also be available as a linked e-book offering the reader the opportunity to investigate firsthand the primary sources and maps on which Ray’s groundbreaking argument rests.
Author: Benjamin C. Ray
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
The result of a perfect storm of factors that culminated in a great moral catastrophe, the Salem witch trials of 1692 took a breathtaking toll on the young English colony of Massachusetts. Over 150 people were imprisoned, and nineteen men and women, including a minister, were executed by hanging. The colonial government, which was responsible for initiating the trials, eventually repudiated the entire affair as a great "delusion of the Devil." In Satan and Salem, Benjamin Ray looks beyond single-factor interpretations to offer a far more nuanced view of why the Salem witch-hunt spiraled out of control. Rather than assigning blame to a single perpetrator, Ray assembles portraits of several major characters, each of whom had complex motives for accusing his or her neighbors. In this way, he reveals how religious, social, political, and legal factors all played a role in the drama. Ray’s historical database of court records, documents, and maps yields a unique analysis of the geographic spread of accusations and trials, ultimately showing how the witch-hunt resulted in the execution of so many people—far more than any comparable episode on this side of the Atlantic. In addition to the print volume, Satan and Salem will also be available as a linked e-book offering the reader the opportunity to investigate firsthand the primary sources and maps on which Ray’s groundbreaking argument rests.
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY The Salem witchcraft trials lasted a year , from June 1692 through May 1693 , involved over two ... The original documents on the accusations , indictments , and trials , along with the dockets and records of the ...
Author: Peter Charles Hoffer
Publisher: Landmark Law Cases & American
Historian Peter Charles Hoffer reexamines a notorious episode in American history and presents many of its legal details in true perspective for the first time. Hoffer also shows how rights we take for granted today did not exist in colonial times, and he demonstrates how these cases relate to current instances of children accusing adults of abuse.
From Salem to Guantanamo Bay Robert Rapley. 4 These interesting figures come from Walinski-Kiehl, “'Godly States,'” 19. 5 The records of the Junius interrogations, together with Junius's letter to his daughter Veronica and the ...
Author: Robert Rapley
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Witch hunts are the products of intense fear and paranoia and the results are often terrible. The accused in three famous witchcraft cases - in Bamberg and Wurzburg, Germany, in Loudun, France, and in Salem, Massachusetts - were assumed to be guilty without proof. Secret accusations were accepted, evidence was falsified, and extreme pressures, including torture, were used. Arguing that fear was, and still is, a prerequisite to any witch hunt, Robert Rapley shows that the current hunt for terrorists mirrors the witch crazes of the past.