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British Colonies on the east coast of North American continent had been settled by religious refugees seeking to build a pure, Bible-based society. They lived closely with the sense of the supernatural and they intended to build a society based on their religious beliefs. That is what caused numerous quarrels, troubles and accusations among which the witchcraft was quite common and the most dangerous. While witch trials had begun to fade out across much of Europe by the mid-17th century, they continued in the American Colonies. The earliest recorded witchcraft execution in America was in 1647 in Connecticut. The witch hunt in American Colonies culminated with the Salem Trials when over 200 people were accused, and 19 of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging. This collection contains books that depict the history of witchcraft and witch trials in the USA.Introduction:The Superstitions of Witchcraft by Howard WilliamsWitchcraft in America:The Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather and Increase MatherSalem Witchcraft by Charles Wentworth UphamSalem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather by Charles Wentworth UphamA Short History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Trials by M. V. B. PerleyAn Account of the Witchcraft Delusion at Salem in 1682 by James ThacherHouse of John Procter, Witchcraft Martyr, 1692 by William P. UphamThe Salem Witchcraft, the Planchette Mystery, and Modern Spiritualism by Samuel Roberts WellsThe Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697) by John M. TaylorWitchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
Acerca de Cotton Mather

Cotton Mather is the author of Beyond the Great Divide.P.P. Karan, chair of the Japanese Studies committee and professor of geography at the University of Kentucky, is the co-editor of The Japanese City.Shigeru lijima is professor emeritus of cultural anthropology in the Tokyo Institute of Ethnology.

Acerca de Howard Williams

Professor of Archaeology, University of Chester.


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