Dive into history with the What Were the Salem Witch Trials by Joan Holub. This biography in the What Was. . . ? series brings Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 to life for children ages 8 to 12 years. Written simply for children, this book explains the Salem Witch Trials, from how it begin, through to it ending, with interesting information trickled through about Puritan life in early New England. This book offers several reasons as to what may have caused the strange behavior of the afflicted girls. Includes a timeline of events, a timeline of world events, maps, photographs and more.
Something wicked was brewing in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. It started when two girls, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams, began having hysterical fits. Soon after, other local girls claimed they were being pricked with pins. With no scientific explanation available, the residents of Salem came to one conclusion: it was witchcraft! Over the next year and a half, nineteen people were convicted of witchcraft and hanged while more languished in prison as hysteria swept the colony. Author Joan Holub gives readers and inside look at this sinister chapter in history.
Joan Holub is the author of What Was the First Thanksgiving?, What Was the Gold Rush?, and other Who Was...? titles, including Who Was Marco Polo? and Who Was Babe Ruth? She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.