Annual Report 2002 - Cornell University
004 Selected Books by Faculty

13 Mary Beth Norton, History

Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002). Norton presents a unique account of the events surrounding Salem Village, Massachusetts, in January of 1692. Legal action was brought against 144 people, and 20 of them were put to death in the Salem witchcraft trials. She also places the trials in the context of the Indian wars at the time. Norton brings to life this fascinating period, telling the story from the perspective of the people in the seventeenth century. The book has been hailed as "stunning," "dazzling," and Norton is acclaimed as a "master historian-detective."

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