Thursday, August 10, 2006

Salem Witch Trials

Exactly 200 years before New Englanders were battling vampires they were busy hanging "witches" (and by witches I mean their neighbors). The Salem Witch Trials were a bloody affair in which 20 people were executed and scores more imprisoned or accused.

Catholicgauze believes it is important to study this episode in America history to learn more about ourselves, ideas on government and justice, and gain an understanding and appreciation of American history.

An excellent place to acquire information on the witch hunt is the Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project. My favorite section of the website is the maps page. Maps of Salem Village and neighboring villages abound including an interactive map of some of the accusations.

As a special bonus check out the map of Andover. Andover was home to four generations of Catholicgauze's ancestors. In fact, one of my ancestors was accused of witchcraft but was cleared of the charges.

Category: Miscellaneous

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