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The Devil in Massachusetts
The Devil in Massachusetts
Author: Marion L. Starkey
A modern inquiry into the Salem witch trials. — The Devil in Massachusetts is a small historical classic, in which the manageable episode of the Salem witch hunt has been treated with a happy blending of scholarly accuracy and a novelist's narrative skill. The Calvinist theologians, the judges, the demoniac children, and the tramps, pious old la...  more »
ISBN: 199965
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 292
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Publisher: Time Life Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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This is an example of people fearing what they don't understand. If they had just used some common sense or reasoning, they would have known that is the people they targeted were indeed witches, capable of doing the things they accused them of, the witches would have gotten themselves out of the trials and not be burned to death or hanged. This was an interesting look at how completely innocent people can be targeted and punished when only a few people are in charge without any other controls with which to balance the situation, even when some of the "punishers" were themselves not meaning to be evil but just doing what they thought had to be done. zest4bks
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