The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson
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Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba.  When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.  
 

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Shirley Jackson (1919–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.Jonathan Lethem is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude.
 
Published February 2, 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 164 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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As in her scholarly The Devil in Massachusetts (1948) Starkey attributes the Salem madness to the hysteria of a group of strictly bred, obscure and overstimulated girls — but this is the girls' story: an engrossing reconstruction of how the events might have come to pass, without the earlie...

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Here is a clear and gripping account of the events which happened in 1692 — which were to give Salem Village a permanent place on the map of religious history.

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