The Salem witch hunt has entered our vocabulary as the very essence of injustice. Judge Samuel Sewall presided at these trials, passing harsh judgment on the condemned. But five years later, he publicly recanted his guilty verdicts and begged for forgiveness. This extraordinary act was a turning point not only for Sewall but also for America's nascent values and mores.In Judge Sewall's Apology, Richard Francis draws on the judge's own diaries, which enables us to see the early colonists not…

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Judge Sewall's Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience

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Salem, a cidade das bruxas. Mais informações no blog :)

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No dia 18 de agosto de 1692, ocorre o julgamento das Bruxas de Salém: cinco mulheres e um clérigo são executados após terem sido acusados de bruxaria. Na imagem, ilustração de 1876 da sala de audiências, onde ocorriam as acusações. A moça no chão é, provavelmente, Abigail Williams, uma das testemunhas de acusação.

Drawing evidence from Judge Sewell's diaries, the author argues that Sewell, who presided over the Salem witch trials, was an "unsung hero of the American conscience--a Puritan, an anti-slavery agitator, a defender of Native American rights, and a Utopian theorist." Five years after passing harsh judgment on the condemned in Salem, Judge Sewell publicly recanted his guilty verdicts and begged for forgiveness, which, according to the author, marked a :turning point not only for Sewell but…

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The Salem Witch Trials: An Unsolved Mystery from History

Pendle witch cottage 500CM 3 by felixspencer2, via Flickr. "It is 400 years since the Pendle witch trials and although you may have thought that this site would have been preserved as a tourist attraction it is due for demolision very soon to make way for a reservoir overflow."

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