Witch-Hunt Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials

ISBN-10: 1416903151

ISBN-13: 9781416903154

Edition: 2005 (Reprint)

Authors: Marc Aronson, Stephanie Anderson

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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 and overexcited. 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 appeared as if by magic. Are they acting or are they really tormented by an unseen evil? Whatever the cause, the nightmare has begun: The witch trials will eventually claim twenty-five lives, shatter the community, and forever shape the American social conscience.
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List price: $11.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication date: 8/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Note to the Reader
A Note About the Images in This Book
On Spelling, Word Usage, and Dates in This Book
Introduction: Of Dark Forests and Midnight Thoughts
"The Queen of Hell"
Two Familiar Fairy Tales
Skittering Shadows
Belief or Fraud?
Prologue: Boston, 1688: The Possession of the Goodwin Children
Mather vs Glover
Of Meetinghouses and the Blood of Wolves: The Puritan Journey
Testing a Witch
Exploring the Invisible World
Lessons and Warnings
Two Salem Families, 1641-1692
The Putnams and the Porters
The Theft
A Minister's Warnings
Two Mysteries
The First Mystery
The Second Mystery
The Second Mystery Deepens
The Mysteries End and the Hearings Begin
The Usual Suspects
Tituba's Confession
The Accuser: Ann Putnam Jr.
Biting, Pinching, and Choking
Of Tests and Wishes
The One and the Many
Martha Corey
"Confess and Give Glory to God"
From Hearings to Trials
"Alas, Alas, Alas, Witchcraft"
To Hear and Decide
One Dead: Bridget Bishop
The Man in Black
Vengeful Ghosts
Two Men in Black
"Choosing Death with a Quiet Conscience"
"If I Would Confess, I Should Have My Life"
A Confused Jury
"Till the Blood Was Ready to Come Out of Their Noses"
"That No More Innocent Blood Be Shed"
Mary Easty
"It Was All False"
"I Do Most Heartily, Fervently, and Humbly Beseech Pardon"
"A Great Delusion of Satan"
Ann Putnam Jr. Speaks
Wheels Within Wheels
Epilogue: Explaining Salem
Fraud, Witches, Hysterics, Hallucinators
The Crucible, Witch-Hunt, and Religion: Crossing Points of Many Histories
Timeline of Milestones in Puritan History
Important Dates in Puritan History Before 1692
Chronology of Events in the Salem Witch Crisis
Notes and Comments
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