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The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials
The Devil in Massachusetts A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials Author:Marion L. Starkey The reign of terror that swept Salem Village in 1692 is still the most famous of all witch hunts. It was a tragedy of individuals, which underlined as sharply as has any event in history the power of self-righteousness, fantasy, and fear to turn decent people in fanatical persecutors. The accused were diverse personalities -- a well-respected gr... more »andmother and an honest, skeptical farmer, as well as a pipe-smoking female tramp. One by one they were sent to the gallows by a pack of unbalanced young girls and a stiff-necked little Puritan community inflamed by the girls' "testimony."
Born in the state that once countenanced these atrocities, Marion L. Starkey first published her deeply moving THE DEVIL IN MASSACHUSETTS in 1949. An authentic historical narrative, it takes its dialogue from the actual trial records but applies modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria. At the same time the author's unerring sense of drama succeeds in creating the pity and the terror so necessary to an understanding of man's capacity for evil and for suffering.« less