17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials


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Check these if you have questions -- someone has probably already asked it!

Best! National Geographic's Salem Witch Hysteria Ask an Expert by Richard Trask [Link #123]
The best Q and A about Salem on the Web -- with answers by Historian Richard Trask, Town Archivist for Danvers (formerly Salem Village). You can even ask him your own question, but look through all the other questions first to see if someone has already asked it!

Best! Danvers Archival Center: Witchcraft in Salem Village [Link #182]
from the site: "This site was created by the Danvers Archival Center, the local history, rare book and manuscript department of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Massachusetts, with the support of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia. Its purpose is to introduce a major area of Danvers' collections relating to the infamous Salem Village Witchcraft Trials of 1692. This Website is designed to provide accurate general information about these witchcraft events, as well as information on other aspects of Danvers' history. We hope you enjoy browsing our information." Includes a wealth of good stuff from the places where the events happened.

This site includes the portrait of Rev. Samuel Parris, with information about the circumstances of its discovery, and its dimensions The image is black-and-white, however, and seems to be a mirror image of the the real thing. See a version of this image at my site:

Best! The Survey of Scottish Witchcraft: 1563-1736 by Julian Goodare, Lauren Martin, Joyce Miller and Louise Yeoman [Link #317]
From the website: "This is an electronic resource for the history of witchcraft and witch-hunting in Scotland. It is in two parts: an interactive database, and supporting web pages. The database contains all people known to have been accused of witchcraft in early modern Scotland -- nearly 4,000 of them.... There is also supporting material. An 'Introduction to Scottish witchcraft' [a FAQ] explains some of the findings from the database and puts them in context." A truly amazing on-line resource for anyone interested in the study of witchcraft trials. Terrific narrative bibliography included under 'Further Reading.'

FAQs About the Salem Witch Trials [Link #30]
Ten commonly-asked questions about the witch trials and short answers.

The Witching Hours FAQ [Link #326]
Part of a larger website, "The Witching Hour," which "is a starting point for historical research into the great witch craze of 1100-1700 AD."

My FAQ by Margo Burns [Link #209]
This FAQ gives my answers to the questions that I, as the author of "Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Fact & Fiction", get asked on a regular basis. In it, I try to make it clear that my speciality is 17th century history and the Salem witchcraft trials, not Miller's 20th century play, but it is obvious that most people who write to me haven't read enough of my site to grasp that. If the tone of this FAQ seems especially negative, then you are probably hoping that I have answers to questions about the play, not history, or that I'll do your homework assignment for you. (I won't.) Includes some of the hysterical flames I've received from visitors over the years who don't like my "attitude". With the right attitude on the reader's part, however, you should get a good laugh -- I know I do! -- and some solid advice on how to do homework.

The Salem Witch Trials Page by Tim Sutter [Link #232]
A nice site dedicated to the Salem witch trials. Includes a FAQ, timeline, biographies, trial documents for 20 of the accused, and a chat board for discussion.

soc.religion.quaker Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Marc Mengel [Link #245]
Good basic FAQ about the Society of Friends.

Salem Witchcraft Trials Jeopardy [Link #355]
Test your knowledge about the trials!

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, margoburns@gmail.com