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Salem, Massachusetts (home of Salem 1692 Witch Trials)

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Brenda wanted to visit Salem and see history of the 1692 witch trials. From Wikipedia below. (Also we found nice campsite in Salem Harbor & transport into Boston).
'The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings & prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial MA from Feb 1692 - May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of 20 people, 14 women, and all but one by hanging. 5 others died in prison. . It only ended when the Governor's Wife was accused of Witchcraft, and he released all prisoners.

The episode is one of Colonial America's most notorious cases of mass hysteria. It has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations, and lapses in due process.[1] It was not unique, but a Colonial American example of the much broader phenomenon of witch trials in the early modern period, which took place also in Europe. Many historians consider the lasting effects of the trials to have been highly influential in subsequent United States history. According to historian George Lincoln Burr, "the Salem witchcraft was the rock on which the theocracy shattered."[2]


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