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The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson
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Oct 17, 2010

it was amazing

Excellent short history of the Salem Witch Trials by one of America's best (and often under-appreciated) writers. Jackson brings a non-nonsense approach to her narrative but subtly arranges the material to give it a dramatic arc that keeps you turning the pages. At the same time, she sticks to the facts and provides a great deal of information in a format that allows for easy absorption and retention- providing detail without getting caught up in minutia. Her discussion of the motivations and context for the witch hysteria are also excellent. A really good starting point for anyone interested in this subject, and a good resource for general American history students.
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