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Date:
October 12, 2017
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Laconia Public Library
Address:
695 Main Street
Laconia, NH 03246
Margo Burns
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The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us

Thursday, October 12, 2017

On first impression, the witchcraft trials of the Colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in 17th-century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints to arrest warrants, indictments of formal charges to death warrants, and the reversals of attainder and rescinding of excommunications years after the fact, demonstrating how methodically and logically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when nineteen people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in NH, MA, and CT. This program is sponsored by the Laconia Public Library and the NH Humanities.