A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience (IN PERSON)

Monday, October 247:00—8:00 PMProgram RoomNewburyport Public LibraryNewburyport Public Library, 94 State Street, Newburyport, MA, 01950

In 1692 more than 150 people would be accused of witchcraft, and 25 would die in the Salem witch trials. This talk will explore the “perfect storm” of factors ranging religious discord to political factionalism and the worst weather of the century to create the greatest witch hunt in American history. The trials cast a long shadow over Salem, a legacy that remains with us today. To order the book, click HERE

Emerson "Tad" Baker is a professor of History at Salem State University and has previously served as vice provost and dean of the graduate school. He is the award-winning author or co-author of six books on the history and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience, and The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. Baker has served as consultant and on-camera expert for historical documentaries and TV shows for networks ranging from PBS and TLC to Smithsonian and the History Channel.

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