The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege

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Taylor Trade Publications, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 688 pages
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Based on twenty-seven years of original archival research, including the discovery of previously unknown documents, this day-by-day narrative of the hysteria that swept through Salem Village in 1692 and 1693 reveals new connections behind the events, and shows how rapidly a community can descend into bloodthirsty madness. Roach opens her work with chapters on the history of the Puritan colonies of New England, and explains how these people regarded the metaphysical and the supernatural. The account of the days from January 1692 to March 1693 keeps in order the large cast of characters, places events in their correct contexts, and occasionally contradicts earlier assumptions about the gruesome events. The last chapter discusses the remarkable impact of the events, pointing out how the 300th anniversary of the trials made headlines in Japan and Australia.
 

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The witch scare and accusations went well beyond Salem Village to pervade New England; in less than two years, twenty people were put to death, and more than one hundred others were imprisoned. The ... Read full review

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This is an impeccably researched and well written book on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. As such, do not expect a fiction book. It is an historic narrative filled with interesting events such as the ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
xiii
INTRODUCTION
xv
JANUARY 1692
3
FEBRUARY 1692
12
MARCH 1692
24
APRIL 1692
64
MAY 1692
103
JUNE 1692
154
JANUARY 1695
479
FEBRUARY 1695
483
MARCH 1695
488
APRIL 1695
491
MAY 1695
494
JUNE 1695
498
JULY 1695
501
AUGUST 1695
503

JULY 1692
189
AUGUST 1692
219
SEPTEMBER 1692
260
OCTOBER 1692
306
NOVEMBER 1692
328
DECEMBER 1692
340
JANUARY 1693
359
FEBRUARY 1693
373
MARCH 1693
385
APRIL 1693
396
MAY 1693
400
JUNE 1693
405
JULY 1693
410
AUGUST 1693
415
SEPTEMBER 1693
419
OCTOBER 1693
426
NOVEMBER 1693
431
DECEMBER 1693
435
JANUARY 1694
441
FEBRUARY 1694
444
MARCH 1694
446
APRIL 1694
449
MAY 1694
452
JUNE 1694
454
JULY 1694
458
AUGUST 1694
462
SEPTEMBER 1694
465
OCTOBER 1694
468
NOVEMBER 1694
470
DECEMBER 1694
475
SEPTEMBER 1695
506
OCTOBER 1695
509
NOVEMBER 1695
511
DECEMBER 1695
512
JANUARY 1696
517
FEBRUARY 1696
519
MARCH 1696
522
APRIL 1696
524
MAY 1696
528
JUNE 1696
531
JULY 1696
534
AUGUST 1696
537
SEPTEMBER 1696
540
OCTOBER 1696
543
NOVEMBER 1696
545
DECEMBER 1696
547
JANUARY 1697
555
EPILOGUE
559
APPENDIXES
589
APPENDIX A
591
APPENDIX B
609
APPENDIX C
613
APPENDIX D
615
APPENDIX E
619
ENDNOTES
623
BIBLIOGRAPHY
661
INDEX
675
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
687
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
689
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About the author (2004)

Marilynne K. Roach, author and illustrator of In the Days of the Salem Witchcraft Trials and former contributor to the Boston Globe, lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, near Boston.

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