Article abstract: Religious, emotionally hysterical, and perhaps politically motivated fervor leads to tragic persecution.
Summary of Event
Early in 1692, a circle of young girls began to meet in the home of Samuel Parris, the Puritan pastor of Salem Village. The minister’s nine-year-old daughter, Betty, and Betty’s eleven-year-old cousin, Abigail Williams, were fascinated by the voodoo-like tales and tricks of the family’s Barbados slave, Tituba, and soon they began to invite their friends to share in the entertainment. Before long, some of the...
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