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Author and historian Mary Beth Norton examines the Salem witch trials from a new perspective. She argues that the ongoing, decades-long Native and French attacks that threatened New England on all sides added to the stress and fear of the community and contributed to the “afflictions” of the accusers – several of whom were, themselves, refugees from frontier attacks. (2002, paperback)
“Stunning . . . A rabble-rouser of a book.” –The New York Times Book Review
“The freshest and most detailed account . . . that we have had in a decade.” –Los Angeles Times
“Norton, the master historian-detective, has pointed to a glaring clue about the origins of the Salem witchcraft crisis.” –Fresh Air, NPR
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