NEW! Salem Witch Trials of 1692
6 sessions, 12 hours
During the Salem Witch Trials 14 women and 5 men were executed. These trials have been described as our “national crackup” enroute to the U.S. Constitution (Stacy Shiff, The Witches: Salem, 1992, 2015). It is one of the few seminal events in which females play the central role. Discuss the background of witchcraft in Europe and the New England colonies, particularly in Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, where the 1692 trials occurred. The roles played by religion, economics, culture, and war as possible background causes to the trials will be explored. Discuss the types of evidence of witchcraft allowed in the trials and why; as well as the advantages.
Instructor: Colonial historian Roger G. Swartz received national acclaim for his two books covering the frontiers of the American Revolution. In 2004, he was chosen, along with 2 others, to be the educational coordinator for the 13-day bus tour sponsored by then National Elderhostel program for the 250th-anniversary commemoration of the French & Indian War, 1754 – 1763.
ILR825 Salem Witch Trials of 1692
4-Digit Number: 5632
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 10/23/17 – 11/27/17
Location: Conference Center (E Building) /E123
Tuition: $40 Fee: $89 Total: $129
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.