Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Colonial Ways Of Life

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Salem Witchcraft Trials

Overview

Why did the people of Salem believe that some of their neighbors were in league with the Devil?

In 1692 the residents of Salem, Massachusetts hanged nineteen people for practicing witchcraft. While some authors have used the term "hysteria" to explain the events that took place that year, historians have sought more complex and compelling explanations.

Sources

Choose from the following titles:

  1. Trial of Bridget Bishop (1692)
  2. "The Witch #1" Drawing (1893?)
  3. FROM The Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcripts of the Legal Documents of the Salem Witchcraft Outbreak of 1692 (Compiled 1938).1. Sarah Abbott v. Martha Carrier
  4. Mary Easty Testimony On the Scaffold
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