Salem Witch Trials

  • The Salem Trials Challenge Us to Resist Moral Panic and Suspicion

    by Anna K. Danziger Halperin

    The Salem Witch Trials have been a perennial subject of fascination. A new exhibition challenges us to think about the potent mix of moral panic and social suspicion that drove accusations in Salem as a caution for ourselves today. 

  • What Elizabeth Johnson’s Exoneration Teaches about the Salem Witch Hunt

    by Tony Fels

    The Massachusetts legislature recently exonerated Elizabeth Johnson, though her confession and conviction shows how "members of the Puritan communities of early Massachusetts could readily convince themselves that in some way or other, perhaps at a moment of weakness, they really had allowed Satan into their lives."

  • Actual Site of Salem Witch Hangings Discovered

    After nearly three centuries of conflicting beliefs, the city of Salem confirms a team of scholars verified the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the 1692 witch trials as Proctor’s Ledge.

  • The Salem Witch Trials (infographic)

    by Emerson "Tad" Baker

    The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history.