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The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: Visiting Speaker Margo Burns
October 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us:
Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in seventeenth 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 New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.