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
A regulator for Crazy Will’s death-watch; or P—– J—–a’s witchcraft explain’d A letter, &c. July 30 1761
Salem witch: historic newspaper coverage through 1924
- East Church (Salem Witch Museum)
- The Witch House, Salem Old Witch House, Salem, Mass.
- Witch Hill, Salem, Mass.
- Trial of George Jacobs of Salem for witchcraft, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.
- The legend of Salem: “The Rev. George Burroughs was accused of witchcraft on the evidence of feats of strength, tried, hung, and buried beneath the gallows”
- The Discovery of Witchcraft 1584
- Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits 1693 title page (full text from Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive)
- Wonders of the invisible world: being an account of the trials of several witches, lately executed in New England 1693 title page (full text from Project Gutenberg)
- Title page of Strange Phenomena of New England in the 17th Century including the “Salem Witchcraft, 1692” 1846
- Last page of Strange Phenomena of New England in the 17th Century including the “Salem Witchcraft, 1692” 1846
- Strange phenomena of New England: in the seventeenth century: including the “Salem witchcraft,” “1692.” From the writings of “the Rev. Cotton Mather, D.D.” 1846
- Salem witchcraft: comprising more wonders of the invisible world 1865
- Annals of witchcraft in New England 1869
- Witch Hill : a history of Salem witchcraft, including illustrative sketches of persons and places 1870
- The Witchcraft Delusion of 1692 1870
- Salem: a tale of the seventeenth century 1874
- Notes on the history of witchcraft in Massachusettes; with illustrative documents 1883
- “The Salem Witchcraft” The American Whig Review Volume 3, Issue 1, January 1846
- “The Spirits in 1692, and What They Did at Salem” Putnam’s Monthly Magazine of American Literature, Science and Art Volume 7, Issue 41, May 1856
- “Stories of Salem Witchcraft” The New England Magazine Volume 11, Issue 4, December 1891
- “Stories of Salem Witchcraft” The New England Magazine Volume 11, Issue 5, January 1892
- “A Salem Witch. A Story.” The New England Magazine Volume 11, Issue 5, January 1892
- “Stories of Salem Witchcraft” The New England Magazine Volume 11, Issue 5, February 1892
- “Witchcraft in Salem and Europe” The New England Magazine Volume 15, Issue 4, December 1893
- “The Witches of Salem” The New England Magazine Volume 23, Issue 2, October 1897