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A Gallows Set Upon a Hill: The Salem Witch Troubles
A Gallows Set Upon a Hill The Salem Witch Troubles Author:James Howard Trott The following passage is from the Preface: — The persecuted and holy men who founded our colony spoke often, in the words of scripture, of our "city set upon a hill". That we sought a heavenly city was clear to them, the Jerusalem above, which was the ultimate gathering place of all true children of Abraham's faith. But a confusion lurked in he... more »arts and minds when the first boat touched at Plymouth, and it grew quickly thereafter. The "city set upon a hill" was openly identified with New England and Massachusetts Bay Colony. A subtle but certain bargain had been struck for the soul of the colony: Establish us safe, prosperous, and secure and we will serve . . . serve whom? Our fathers said, "we will serve God," but the very idea of submitting to enter into such a bargain is foreign to the nature of God. To the extent we made a bargain, we made a bad bargain - not with God, but with the devil.
[This] is the story of Salem Village and Massachusets Bay Colony - the story of the bad bargain, and how it came to an end.
The gallows set upon a hill became the beacon of New England's bad bargain. But the memory of what went on there and the manner of those who died there, pointed many of us toward another gallows set upon another hill, and a much different bargain.« less