In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692


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)

Reviews for In the Devil’s Snare:

“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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