The Witchcraft Of Salem Village

Paperback | August 1, 1998

byShirley Jackson

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Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba.  When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.

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Stories of magic and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s, but, as The Witchcraft of Salem Village tells it, a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by tales told by a woman named Tituba. When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as t...

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Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba.  When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson aft...

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Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba. When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson afte...

Shirley Jackson, a prolific American writer, was born in San Francisco in 1919. Much of her writing was done during the years she was raising her children. She is perhaps best know for the short story "The Lottery" first published in 1948 and adapted for television in 1952 and into play form in 1953. Jackson's published works include a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.56 × 5.19 × 0.38 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0394891767

ISBN - 13:9780394891767

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 14

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from History for Kids Description of the Salem Witch Trials. Very interesting. Reveals more information and facts about the trials than you'd usually hear. Great educator for kids. This publisher also puts out several other history books for kids. Great idea. Written so kids can easily understand, and done in a way that won't scare younger children and doesn't give a false identity of what witches of today are. No prejudices, just facts in a story telling way. Allows for some imagination on the part of the reader, as suggestions for certain events are given, but none conclusive. (as stated in the book, it's due to lack of information). I'd recommend it as an educational read, and for anyone who is Wiccan, or planning to become Wiccan, or just interested in the history of Wicca.
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Stories of magic and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s, but, as The Witchcraft of Salem Village tells it, a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by tales told by a woman named Tituba. When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused resident after resident of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.