Witch-Hunt by Marc Aronson
Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials

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Salem, Massachusetts, 1692.
In a plain meetinghouse, a woman stands before her judges. The accusers, girls and young women, are fervent, overexcited, just on the edge of breaking out into convulsions. The accused is a poor, unpopular woman who had her first child before she was married. As the trial proceeds, the girls begin to wail, tear their clothing, and scream that the woman is hurting them. Some of them expose wounds to the horrified onlookers, holding out the pins that have stabbed them -- pins that have appeared as if by magic. Are the girls acting, or are they really tormented by an unseen evil? Whatever the cause, the nightmare in Salem has begun: The witch trials will eventually claim twenty-five lives, shatter the community, and forever shape the American social conscience.
Acclaimed historian Marc Aronson sifts through the facts, myths, half-truths, misinterpretations, and theories around the Salem witch trials to present us with a vivid narrative of one of the most compelling mysteries in American history. Witch-Hunt is a brilliant book that will stimulate and challenge readers to come to their own conclusions about what really happened during those terrifying months of accusations, trials, and executions.
 

About Marc Aronson

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Marc Aronson is the author of the critically acclaimed Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA's first Robert L. Sibert Information Book Award for nonfiction and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He has also written Art Attack: A Brief Cultural History of the Avant-Garde. A passionate spokesperson for young-adult literature, he has written many articles on the subject that have been published in two collections, the most recent of which is Beyond the Pale: New Essays for a New Era. He has won the LMP Award for editing and has a PhD in American history from NYU. The publisher of Cricket Books at Carus Publishing, he lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and son.
 
Published August 1, 2005 by Perfection Learning. 272 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The Salem witchcraft hysteria in 1692 was a time when “a group of individuals acted as a pack to attack and destroy others,” and the question ever since has been how it happened and why.

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In a starred review, PW wrote, "The author dramatically and convincingly sets the stage for the now infamous 1692 Salem witch trials, then ably deconstructs much of the misinformation that has been perpetuated through popular theories and personalities (e.g., Tituba, etc.)."

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He also notes some of the discrepancies, such as the fact that the slave known as Tituba was not black but more likely an Indian.

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