American History: Death in Salem by Diane Foulds

Death in Salem: The Private Lives behind the 1692 Witch HuntMini bios

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

More a compilation of biographical information than a new study, Death in Salem presents brief vignettes about the principals involved in the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692/3. Most of the accused witches were ordinary people who left few clues about how they came to be victimized, but more is known about the ministers and the judges, many of whom were wealthy and well connected politically. Foulds’s book is written for a popular rather than a scholarly audience; it can serve as a quick reference, but don’t look for anything groundbreaking here.

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