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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

A Pre-cursor to Newspapers in America

The Salem Witch Trials were a controversial event in America’s past, often examined from a religious perspective to try to explain the hysteria that swept throughout Salem, Massachusetts. What is often not discussed is how the propaganda, in forms of religious sermons and books published at the time influenced the public opinion, and in turn became some of the first newspaper-like media in the United States. The mindsets of the people were altered by these books, which served to report the accounts of the trials, sermons and hysteria seen through a contemporary’s eye.

Presenter: Laura Luettger (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 10 am (Session I)