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A Storm of Witchcraft

By Emerson W. Baker
  • ISBN Code: : 9780199890347
  • Publisher : Pivotal Moments in American Hi
  • Pages : 398
  • Category : History
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Presents an historical analysis of the Salem witch trials, examining the factors that may have led to the mass hysteria, including a possible occurrence of ergot poisoning, a frontier war in Maine, and local political rivalries.

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