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Witchcraft on Trial

From the Salem Witch Hunts to The Crucible

Series: Famous Court Cases That Became Movies

By Maurene J. Hinds

In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls accused several people of the town of being witches. A series of trials ensued, leading to guilty verdicts and the execution of twenty villagers. The events have fascinated people for three centuries, leading to debate, speculation, and historical investigation. In THE CRUCIBLE, famed playwright Arthur Miller wrote about that time, using the events in Salem to reflect the symbolic witch hunts of 1950s America. WITCHCRAFT ON TRIAL compares the historical events with the movie made from the play to help readers understand what happened and why.

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". . . this visually appealing book is thorough without feeling tedious and would be a useful supplement for students studying The Crucible."

Children's Literature

"Books about notable court cases are nothing new, but the inclusion of movies inspired by them is an alluring twist. These authors explain complex issues in an easy-to-follow manner . . . Sources are well-documented, making this series a promising staple for reports."

School Library Journal, April 2009

". . . this title explores the historical accuracy of the events portrayed on film, and the impact of the trial on the modern judicial system, in a manner that makes the book unique and well suited to the needs of young researchers."

Delaware County Library System, May 21, 2010

"The author has written a very readable book on a historical event and its modern day parallels."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, November 2009

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