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Development and Significance of Salem Witch Trials
The paper examines the historical development and significance of the Salem witch trials.
# 110959 | 3,000 words | 13 sources | APA | 2008 |
Published on Jan 04, 2009 in History (Religion) , History (U.S. American Society, 1640-1750) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)
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This paper looks at the historical development and significance of the Salem witchcraft trials, and argues that the Salem trials were pieces of a larger phenomenon, i.e. the system of belief of New England which integrated witchcraft. In doing so, the paper considers the following aspects: the historical and social circumstances of 17th century Massachusetts, previous such episodes, the profile of the people executed on charges of witchcraft, as well as the effect of race and gender on the formulation of witchcraft allegations.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Karlsen, Carol F. 1998. New England's Witchcraft Beliefs. In Witchcraft in Colonial New England, 1-46. New York: W. W. Norton.
- Hoyt, Charles Alva. 1989. Introduction to Witchcraft. In Witchcraft, 1-41. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.
- Hoyt, Charles Alva. 1989. Salem. In Witchcraft, 120-131. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.
- Starkey, Marion L. 1949. The Possessed. In The Devil in Massachusetts A Modern Inquiry into the Salem Witch Trials, 21-33. 1st ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
- Weisman, Richard. 1984. The Social Meaning of Witchcraft in 17th Century Massachusetts Bay. In Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion in 17th-Century Massachusetts, 23-39. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.
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