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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Historical Perspectives on the Salem Witchcraft Crisis

This panel presents three examinations of the Salem Witchcraft Crisis. Each presenter explores the witch scare from a different historical perspective. Josh Baker analyzes the commentaries of several Puritan clergymen and examines how contemporaries sought to understand the witchcraft outbreak. Tricia Peone places events in Salem in a wider historical context by exploring the relationship between witches, the Devil, and animal familiars and what they can tell us about 17th-century New England's culture of witchcraft. Finally, Lizzy Sharpe looks at the various ways historians have sought to understand and explain the behavior of the young female accusers who stood at the center of the Salem Witchcraft Crisis.

Presenters: Joshua Baker (Undergraduate Student)
Paul Moyer (Faculty)
Tricia Peone (Undergraduate Student)
Elizabeth Sharpe (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)

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