March 24, 2017

Today in History: Salem Witch Trials


Today in History–March 1–the Library of Congress features the Salem witch trials, which were sparked when Massachusetts authorities charged three women with witchcraft on this day in 1692. Read more about this brief but dark chapter in U.S. history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. For more on witches, check out the PSN post on Halloween.

Salem witch trials from America’s Library

Petition for Bail from Accused Witches ca. 1692

A regulator for Crazy Will’s death-watch; or P—– J—–a’s witchcraft explain’d A letter, &c. July 30 1761

Pictorial history of the cause of the great rebellion. Witchcraft. 1865

Salem witch: historic newspaper coverage through 1924

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