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A Delusion of Satan - The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials

Frances Hill

During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid Puritan community of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. In less than two years, nineteen men and women were hanged, one was pressed to death, and over a hundred others were imprisoned and impoverished. This evenhanded and now-classic history illuminates the horrifying episode with visceral clarity, from the opportunistic Putnam clan, who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas and greed, to four-year-old "witch" Dorcas Good, who was chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. By placing the distant period of the Salem witch trials in the larger context of more contemporary eruptions of mass hysteria and intolerance, the author has created a work as thought-provoking as it is emotionally powerful.

During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid Puritan community of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. In less than two years, nineteen men and women were hanged, one was pressed to death, and over a hundred others were imprisoned and impoverished. This evenhanded and now-classic history illuminates the horrifying episode with visceral clarity, from the opportunistic Putnam clan, who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas and greed, to four-year-old "witch" Dorcas Good, who was chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. By placing the distant period of the Salem witch trials in the larger context of more contemporary eruptions of mass hysteria and intolerance, the author has created a work as thought-provoking as it is emotionally powerful.
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During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid Puritan community of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. In less than two years, nineteen men and women were hanged, one was pressed to death, and over a hundred others were imprisoned and impoverished. This evenhanded and now-classic history illuminates the horrifying episode with visceral clarity, from the opportunistic Putnam clan, who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas and greed, to four-year-old "witch" Dorcas Good, who was chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. By placing the distant period of the Salem witch trials in the larger context of more contemporary eruptions of mass hysteria and intolerance, the author has created a work as thought-provoking as it is emotionally powerful.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Wanda McCaddon

Length:

9h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

39:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

25:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

32:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

28:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

48:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:41