Salem 1692. What Devils Made Them Do It? by Bruce Watson

By Bruce Watson

Salem 1692 – the identify and date are synonymous with sorcery. yet what prompted the worst witch-hunt in U.S. background? What demons despatched 20 blameless humans to their deaths? used to be it panic? Payback? Puritanism run amok? during this probing, short 20-page book , Bruce Watson captures all of the worry and fear-mongering whereas exploring the most recent historic study into this unforgettable American tragedy.

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Rebecca Nurse was a pious, gray-haired churchgoer. ” But before the icy stares of her neighbors, she cried out “Oh, Lord help me,” spread her hands and the girls swooned. She was jailed to await trial. Beside her was Dorcas Good, Sarah’s daughter, whose specter had bitten the girls. Dorcas Good was kept in chains for nine months. She was four years old. “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” Mather preached, and fearing the devil more than each other, Salem made rebellion tantamount to sorcery.

Among the futures in Tituba’s glass, the milky shape of a coffin spread panic. Only a few weeks later, Dr. ” Suddenly events quickened, and the girls were no longer mere girls. ” When the girls gave no names, names were suggested. On February 29, three women were charged with witchcraft. Then, as spring gave way to summer, Salem itself fell into a series of fits that has made its name synonymous with sorcery ever since. More than 300 years after the most infamous witch-hunt in North America, covens of tourists still descend on Salem to hunt for history.

Throughout the 1680s, the Porter family gained land and influence in the church while the Putnam family lost both and vowed vengeance. Come 1692, three “afflicted” girls in the Putnam household, together with parents, in-laws, and cousins, testified against 46 accused witches, many from the Porter camp. The feud, coupled with factions split by the contentious Reverend Parris, made Salem a house divided against itself. When witchcraft reared its head, the house fell. By June, the devil’s door was wide open.

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