The authors of this article appear to be highly capable of taking on this matter attempting to display some of the inaccuracies in the aged storyline that has been presented of the trials in previous years, as well as to critique other authors’ exhibition of collections. A historian who specializes in the Salem Witch Trials, Burns obtained her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. from University of New Hampshire. A distant descendant of Rebecca Nurse, ten times her granddaughter, Burns may be considered as having a slight bias within the trials. Despite Nurse not being discussed to a great extent in this article, she is mentioned and deliberated over briefly. Mentioned mid-article, the authors make the declaration that the “depositions and statements in thes...
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...and jury was hearing which case.” (422) Even if this was fact, that other scholars would have never been able to come up with this information regarding the trial documents, it is extremely condescending and quite frankly rude to phrase it in such a way that puts them down. Using others’ work to better their own work, the authors were quite unfair to the other scholars by insulting them for their accidental failings.
Encompassing a tremendously interesting and difficult topic, this article was unsurprisingly entertaining to read, despite the slightly excessive length and bothersome arrogance. The authors, as schooled and educated as they are, were highly effective in introducing the notion that the trial documents have been consistently misread and misinterpreted for more than 300 years, based on delicate, easily missed details, and ineffective organizing techniques.
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