Fanaticism In Escaping Salem

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In Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 Richard Godbeer recounts to the reader the story and the history behind a witch hunt that took place in 1692 in Stamford Connecticut. The Stamford witch trial was one of two witch trials that would take place in the New England colonies during 1692. The other, more famous, witch hunt would take place in Salem, a town in Massachusetts Bay colony. The Salem witch trials are a significant event in early American history. They are often cited as evidence of the religious fanaticism and the close-mindedness of puritan society. So why then are the events that happened in Stamford not held up as another example of this fanaticism? This is the central issue of Escaping Salem. Godbeer makes the point to compare the similarities between the Salem and Stamford Witch hunts within the prologue of the book. He points out that both began with strange “fits” that were interpreted as witchcraft. And both involve a great deal of spectral or invisible evidence of witchcraft. In both cases the accusations of witchcraft would also spread to…show more content…
After further questioning about this vision, Kate’s vison changed to include several cats that also transformed into witches. Kate was not able to discern who the witches were, as in her vision they were just shadows. This vision though, at least to Daniel Wescot was clear evidence of witchcraft. As Daniel presented this evidence to the town, Kate’s visions changed, and she was able to name the three people that she saw in her vision: Goody Clawson, Goody Miller, and Mercy Disburough. As the investigation went on, more people would be accused of witchcraft, and other people would come forward a present spectral evidence of guilt against those accused of
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