Witch Hunts: From Salem to Guantanamo Bay

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2007 - Political Science - 311 pages
Rapley analyses witch hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and finds many of the same elements repeated in more recent miscarriages of justice - from the Dreyfus case for treason in late nineteenth-century France, to the persecution of the Scottsboro Boys in Alabama for the gang rape of two white girls in the 1930s, to the Guildford and Maguire terrorist prosecutions in Britain in the 1970s. All three cases took place during times of extreme fear and paranoia and in all cases the accused were innocent.

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From 1580 to1650 in Europe, between 50,000 and 80,000 people were executed as witches in response to public hysteria. Today, says retired Canadian civil servant Rapley (A Case of Witchcraft ), "the ... Read full review



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Robert Rapley is the author of A Case of Witchcraft: The Trial of Urbain Grandier. A retired civil servant, he lives in Ottawa.

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