Female Sinners: Accused, Ignored, Damned

How Puritan Gender Roles Influenced the Salem Witch Trials

Lauren

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Trial of Giles Corey’s wife for witchcraft, 1692. Hand-colored woodcut. (North Wind Picture Archives)

“I am no Witch. I have no familiarity with the Devil. I am innocent.” These are the words of Bridget Bishop, the first person to be executed during the Salem Witch Trials. She would not be the last person, though, as nineteen accused would hang, and twenty people would die in the small Puritan…

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Lauren

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