The Salem Witch Hunt

By Richard Godbeer,

Book cover of The Salem Witch Hunt: A Brief History with Documents

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Get a clearer understanding of why the Salem Witch Trials actually took place as Salem Witch Hunt explores how gender norms, social tensions, and the Puritan's worldview influenced this infamous period in colonial history.

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1 author picked The Salem Witch Hunt as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Godbeer’s introductory essay to this collection of primary sources is a model of clarity and up-to-date findings about America’s most famous witch hunt.

His scholarship has all the right pieces: attention to the often young female accusers, an exposition of how and why Puritanism highlighted the diabolical as a constant fear, and an assessment of potential failures of masculinity among the accused men.

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