Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Inquiry into the Salem Witch Trials

Title: The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Inquiry into the Salem Witch Trials

Author: Marion L. Starkey 

Genre: History, American Colonial, Witchcraft 

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: This historical narrative of the Salem witch trials takes its dialogue from actual trial records but applies modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria. Starkey's sense of drama also vividly recreates the atmosphere of pity and terror that fostered the evil and suffering of this human tragedy.

About the Author: Marion Lena Starkey was Editor of the Saugus Herald newspaper, and a teacher at the Hampton Institute and the University of Connecticut at New London, having attended the Harvard Graduate school of Education. A descendant of Mayflower passenger Peregrine White, Starkey has published extensively on the Salem Witch Trials and the history of New England.

Review: A new and refreshing look into the Salem Witch trials. Starkey creates a whirlpool that quickly sucks the reader into the hysteria and fear of the New World at a time when witchcraft was a legitimate fear. Unlike "The Crucible" "The Devil in Massachusetts" takes a much closer look at the likely underlying causes that led to the horrific trials and executions. Come along for the ride from start to aftermath as the Puritans give in to their worst fears.