Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 2, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 272 pages
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Salem, Massachusetts, 1692.

In a plain meetinghouse, a woman stands before her judges. The accusers, girls and young women, are fervent, overexcited, just on the edge of breaking out into convulsions. The accused is a poor, unpopular woman who had her first child before she was married. As the trial proceeds, the girls begin to wail, tear their clothing, and scream that the woman is hurting them. Some of them expose wounds to the horrified onlookers, holding out the pins that have stabbed them -- pins that have appeared as if by magic. Are the girls acting, or are they really tormented by an unseen evil? Whatever the cause, the nightmare in Salem has begun: The witch trials will eventually claim twenty-five lives, shatter the community, and forever shape the American social conscience.

Acclaimed historian Marc Aronson sifts through the facts, myths, half-truths, misinterpretations, and theories around the Salem witch trials to present us with a vivid narrative of one of the most compelling mysteries in American history. Witch-Hunt is a brilliant book that will stimulate and challenge readers to come to their own conclusions about what really happened during those terrifying months of accusations, trials, and executions.


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User Review  - krmajor - LibraryThing

Learning about the Salem witch-trials of 1692 is a chilling experience when you realize that nineteen people were executed because of possibly fabricated accusations. Naturally, questions abound: were ... Read full review

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Noted nonfiction author Marc Aronson dissects the Salem Witch Trials and brings a measured, balanced report for young readers. He slays some popular myths along the way. He discounts the Slave Tituba ... Read full review


Note to the Reader x
Of Dark Forests
Boston 1688
Two Salem Families 16411692 41
Two Mysteries 55
The Mysteries End
The Accuser Ann Putnam Jr 89
The One and the Many 103
CHAPTER VIIL Choosing Death with
That No More Innocent
I Do Most Heartily Fervently
A Great Delusion of Satan 189
Explaining Salem 207
The Crucible WitchHunt and Religion
Timeline of Milestones in Puritan History 229
Bibliography 256

From Hearings to Trials 123
The Man in Black 141

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Marc Aronson is the author of the critically acclaimed Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA's first Robert L. Sibert Information Book Award for nonfiction and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He has also written Art Attack: A Brief Cultural History of the Avant-Garde. A passionate spokesperson for young-adult literature, he has written many articles on the subject that have been published in two collections, the most recent of which is Beyond the Pale: New Essays for a New Era. He has won the LMP Award for editing and has a PhD in American history from NYU. The publisher of Cricket Books at Carus Publishing, he lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and son.

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