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Salem Witch Trials

A guide to resources concerning the Salem Witch Trials at the BPL and beyond.

Introduction

"Thou shall not suffer a witch to live."
Exodus 22:18, King James Bible


The Salem Witch Trials involved many people and several towns in Massachusetts. Out of those accused of practicing witchcraft, nineteen were executed via hanging, one was pressed to death, and many more would languish in jail for months before the panic ended. This guide will give an overview of the most notable people and places related to the trials and provide suggestions for further research.

 


Examination of a Witch by Thompkins H. Matteson, 1853.
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA