The Salem Witchcraft Trials
The newly arrived colonists traveled from England with
their fears of witchcraft fully intact.
Accusations, witch hunts and trials were a familiar and
accepted part of their lives. Indeed, within a short
time of settling these shores, there were a number of
trials and even executions for what was considered a
capital and felonious crime.
Certainly, the largest and most famous of these unfortunate
episodes is the Salem Witch Crisis of 1692. Beginning in
the early winter months of 1692 and carrying on until May
of the following year the people of the colony would see 19
At the Witch House we offer the latest research and
scholarship on how the trials began and the
circumstances that brought them to an end.
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The University of Virginia has undertaken a remarkable
digitization process that makes it possible to view the
original documents as well as their direct transcripts.
The link is here:
Witch Trial Documents
tA Reading List:
1. Roach, Marilynne K. (2002), The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-To-Day Chronicle of a
Community Under Siege, Cooper Square Press, ISBN 1-58979-132-0
2.. Norton, Mary Beth. In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692. New York:
Random House, 2002. ISBN 0-375-70690-9
3. Trask, Richard B. `The Devil hath been raised`: A Documentary History of the Salem
Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692. Revised edition. Yeoman Press: Danvers, MA.
1997. ISBN 0-9638595-1-X
4. Rosenthal, Bernard, ed., et al. Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. Cambridge University
Press: New York. 2009. ISBN 0-521-66166-8
7. Demos, John. Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England. New
York: Oxford University Press, 1982. ISBN 0-19-517483-6
Suggested Reading List for Young Readers:
Yolen, Jane. The Salem Witch Trials: An Unsolved Mystery from History . Mn: Capstone
Press, 2005. ISBN-10: 0736852468
Stemple, Heidi. The Salem Witch Trials. Simon and Schuster, 2004. ISBN# 0-689-84620-7