The Salem Witch Crisis

Synopsis

The inclination of recent scholars has been to portray the people of 17th-century Massachusetts as helpless victims of powerful economic, social, and psychological forces. Many recent accounts cite entrenched sexual hostility, chronic generational conflicts, or the clash of capitalist and peasant cultures. Rather than seeing the people of Salem Village and the surrounding communities as being swept along by the forces of historical change, Gragg makes a very strong case that the people involved (whether they were clergymen, judges, accusers, or the accused) were active participants, who made decisions that shaped the outcome of events in 1692.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1992