Focusing on the key players in the Salem witchcraft crisis—the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them—Emerson Baker illuminates why the tragedy unfolded as it did. He shows how the Puritan government’s attempts to suppress what had taken place only fueled the popular imagination, and established the trials as a turning point from Puritan communalism to Yankee independence. He also sets the trials in the broader context of American history from the 1620s up through the present, and reveals the ways their legacy remains with us.
There will be a short business meeting before this talk.
Free to members; $5 non-members
The Yarmouth History Center has a permanent exhibit gallery that is located in the center. With sections on Settlement Patterns, Royal River and the Mills, Shipbuilding, and the Twentieth Century, this interactive gallery offers a fun and informative look into the history of Yarmouth and the surrounding region.
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