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This fascinating and informative source covers the history of witchcraft in the United States from the hysteria that facilitated the witch hunts during the Colonial Period to modern day followers of Wicca. Chapters present stories of accused witches in American colonies before 1692 and the events leading up to the Salem witch trials, including the tragic aftermath. Chapters include excerpts from trial transcripts, diary entries, public notices and many other primary sources. Biographical essays highlight prominent figures related to the Salem witch trials and include: Robert Calef -- critic of the Salem trials Rachel Clinton -- accused of witchcraft Nathaniel Hawthorne -- novelist Rebecca Towne Nurse -- executed as a witch Tituba -- slave and accused leader of the Salem witch ring And many others