The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. As a wave of hysteria spread throughout colonial Massachusetts, a special court convened in Salem to hear the cases…
In remembrance of the sad, but interesting events that took place in Salem Massachusetts, here are some fiction and non-fiction resources available at Trails Regional Library.
The Salem Witch Trials by Stuart A. Kallen
Discusses the Salem witch trials, including their Puritan background, the accusations made, and the outcome of the social hysteria that produced the situation.
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible.
Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson
Sifting through the facts, myths, and half-truths surrounding the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, a historian draws on primary sources to explore the events of that time.
Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Roaslyn Schanzer
Accusations of witchcraft began when two young girls started twitching and choking. The Salem witch trials resulted in over twenty executions and ruined hundreds of lives.
Winds of Salem by Melissa De La Cruz
Modern-day witch Freya Beauchamp is cast back in time to 1692 amongst the Salem Witch Trials by an enemy spell, as her present-day family attempts to reopen the passages of time to bring her home. Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid. This is not good news for a twenty-first-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, even her immortality is in question. Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares.