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Mary Beth Norton

Originally posted January 2003

In the Devil's Snare

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The Salem witch trials have been studied, interpreted, and analyzed for over 300 years. The latest attempt to make sense of those 17 months in Massachusetts comes from Cornell University history professor Mary Beth Norton. She has carefully tried to place the Salem witchcraft crisis in a much broader historical context, in this book. But three centuries' worth of misinformation about Salem is so powerful and pervasive it even forced her to choose a slightly-inaccurate subtitle for her book.




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