The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692
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This is a book review of "In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692" by Mary Beth Norton, in which she discusses the events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the late Seventeenth Century. In it, she includes information she gathered for the gender study books she wrote that touch on several of the more prominent theories surrounding the roots of the Salem witch trials.
From the Paper:''Few events in early American history seem to attract so much popular attention as the ones surrounding Salem, Massachusetts in the late Seventeenth Century. In the years that have followed, many great writers and historians have developed and shared their own hypotheses regarding the true ``cause'' of the Witchcraft Crisis. Mary Beth Norton, author of such gender studies books as Liberty's Daughters and Founding Mothers and Fathers, touches on several of the more prominent theories surrounding the roots of this specific event. Rather than wholly agreeing or disagreeing with any pre-established theory, Ms. Norton argues that the roots of the Salem phenomena can only be fully understood through an examination of the effects of the Second Indian War on economic, military and political happenings of the day. Her main point is clear when she writes ``had the Second Indian War. . .somehow been avoided, the Essex County witchcraft crisis of 1692 would not have occurred. This is not to say that the war `caused' the...''
Sample of Sources Used:
- In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, Mary Beth Norton. (New York: Vintage Books, 2003).
Cite this Book Review:
The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 (2011, May 13) Retrieved February 20, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-salem-witchcraft-crisis-of-1692-147566/
"The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692" 13 May 2011. Web. 20 February. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-salem-witchcraft-crisis-of-1692-147566/>