The Long and Short of Salem Witchcraft: Chronology and Collective Violence in 1692 (SECTION II PROTEST AND Deviance) (Salem, Massachusetts) (Essay) - Journal of Social History

The Long and Short of Salem Witchcraft: Chronology and Collective Violence in 1692 (SECTION II PROTEST AND Deviance) (Salem, Massachusetts) (Essay)

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  • Release Date - Published: 2008-09-22
  • Book Genre: History
  • Author: Journal of Social History
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As the only example of a mass witch hunt in American history, Salem witchcraft exerts a continuing fascination to both scholarly and professional audiences. Its yearlong pursuit of the devil across the New England landscape resulted in twenty executions and more than one hundred and fifty victims. Its scope so vastly exceeds its nearest competitor, the Hartford incident of the early 1660s, that it constitutes a social phenomenon different in both degree and kind. The havoc it wrecked continues to shock human sensibilities. (1) An outpouring of scholarship has illuminated many aspects of this event, but it has not resulted in a consensus about what happened in 1692. Rather, a variety of interpretations vie for attention, most of them, happily, not incompatible with others. In the world of Salem scholarship, arguments do not close off discussion so much as add explanatory ingredients to the mix. In recent years, scholars have variously emphasized intra-community group conflict, religious tension, demographic competition, failures of leadership, gender concerns, psychological relationships, and frontier Indian clashes as central to the Salem outbreak. But the pursuit of Salem's elusive meaning continues. (2)

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