The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?
Discovery Education provides students with an interactive site that contains various additional resources and information to enrich the users background knowledge of the Salem Witch Trials. The site also includes teacher tips for incorporating this activity into a lesson. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7
When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.
How awesome is this?! Along with many others, I actually AM descended from "that Witch" that didn't burn (or hang) during the Salem Witch Trials. Mary Bradbury Perkins on my maternal Grandmother's side.
The story of the Salem witch trials of 1692-3 is often synonymous with the burning of accused witches at the stake. During the trials, it is estimated that 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, and 20 were executed. Hanging was the preferred method of execution, although one man accused of witchcraft was pressed to death by heavy stones. Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Click above to learn more!