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Saturday, August 29, 2009

FAMOUS AMERICAN TRIALS: THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS

Transcripts of these notorious trials, which resulted in the hangings of nineteen "witches" and the pressing to death with heavy stones of a man who refused to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to witchcraft charges. Also includes biographical sketches of witch trial participants, images, maps, and other items of interest:

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Note No. 1: By the way, American colonial witches were hanged and not burned because they were tried by civil authorities and punished in accord with civil statutes. European witches were generally tried by ecclesiastical tribunals, and were burned after having been adjudged heretics.

Note No. 2: If you had been a "real" witch, would you have stayed around long enough to be hanged or burned at the stake, or would you have used your "witchly powers" to get the heck out of that dire situation?

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