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Salem Witch Trials

What is the Devil?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

From An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion at uponreligion.com DEVIL. Noun. A felon on license from God to wreak havoc on Earth. The notion that u...

Why Porn Is The Perfect Weapon To Fight Hatred, Fear, And Trump

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.14.2016 | Arts

Warning: This piece contains NSFW content and may be inappropriate for work environments. Rebecca Towne Nurse was one of 20 people executed by the go...

Unearthed: The True Location of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings

The Lineup | Posted 03.11.2016 | Weird News
The Lineup

Credit: Wikimedia Commons By: Jamie Bogert Sarah Wildes' troubles began long before she was sentenced to death for witchcraft in 1692. As a young wo...

Believe in Witchcraft? The Witch: A New England Folktale

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

Witchcraft in colonial New England both intrigues and confounds us. Long before film and television focused obsessively on supernatural themes, Americans writers and artists have grappled with how best to comprehend the 1692 witchcraft scare in Salem and the larger system of beliefs that gave rise to that chilling incident.

The Tangled, Feminine History of 'The Witch'

Brunonia Barry | Posted 02.13.2016 | Entertainment
Brunonia Barry

In the media these days, as in Salem itself, one can't swing a figurative black cat without hitting a witch, and the depictions of those witches are often poor enough to make The Witches Education League take notice. With the recent publicity about Proctor's Ledge, Salem's true hanging ground that has gone unrecognized for centuries, even more attention has been paid to the already saturated Witch City, so it was with trepidation that I attended a pre-screening of "The Witch," writer-director Robert Eggers' feature debut that was previewed recently for a few writers and historians at the Salem Cinema. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Scene Of Salem 'Witch' Hangings Found... Behind A Walgreens

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 01.15.2016 | Weird News

A team of scholars in Salem, Massachusetts, has uncovered the scene of one of the darkest chapters in the history of New England: The site where 19 in...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

Debunking The Biggest Misconceptions About The Salem Witch Trials

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Arts

If you read "The Crucible" in high school, you probably think you have a pretty solid understanding of the Salem Witch Trials. Author Stacy Schiff wan...

5 Hot Books: A Big History of the Salem Witch Trials, a Holocaust Atrocity in Poland, and More

The National Book Review | Posted 10.26.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review. 1. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (Little, Brown) Arthur Miller's 1953 ...

Rock Duo One-Eyed Doll Set to Play Token Lounge, New Album Tells the Story of Salem Witchcraft Hysteria

Kelly Frazier | Posted 09.26.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

The duo of Kimberly Freeman and Jason Rufuss Sewell are musical nomads of sorts and their band One-Eyed Doll cannot be held in any one place at any time. It's a band vivid with shades of musicality that are not often ventured into by many which paint a bright picture in your mind.

In Praise of Witches Everywhere

Miriam Ava | Posted 08.24.2015 | Women
Miriam Ava

Over the centuries, our culture has created a wonky, wicked view of witches. A whirlwind of power wielding from the Inquisition to the Salem witch hun...

What Witches Have in Common (Hint: It's Not the Hat)

Katherine Howe | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Katherine Howe

Witches are tricky. If I say the word "witch" to you, I suspect an immediate image comes to mind. It involves a broomstick, a hat, an ill-tempered fel...

Which Witch Is Which? The Blurred Lines Of Halloween Reappropriation

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

A black cape, a pointed hat and a broom. There is perhaps no Halloween costume more iconic than a witch. But does it cross a cultural sensitivity line...

North Coast: Quirky & Historical Surprises You'll Find in Salem

Renee Blodgett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

Salem is a small city with a population of under 45,000, but there's a remarkable number of things to do, from boating, segway and walking tours to museums and a variety of activities which center around witchcraft. Here are ten of our favorite things to do based on an extensive visit this past August.

Author Katherine Howe Talks About Her Latest 'Conversion'

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 09.09.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe really shows her ability to craft a suspenseful and compelling young adult novel with her latest book Conversion.

Selling Your Soul in Salem

Greig Lamont | Posted 12.31.2013 | Travel
Greig Lamont

Despite this glorious genealogy, this historical pedigree, its cultural lineage, its tradition, and its heritage, today Salem has been reduced to prostituting itself to oddballs in costumes who gawk at gravestones and hanker for "museums" filled with broomsticks and bric-a-brac.

Church and Chocolate in Tough Times

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Tight finances and challenging personal situations have sent many of us to the sweets and chocolate shelves for comfort. This was true as well during the Colonial Period when pastoral habits and ministrations included drinking chocolate.

Top Secret: How Might I. F. Stone View the Snowden Situation

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Alison Winfield Burns

Resurrecting the mighty I. F. Stone into the fray with Snowden, the NSA, and Washington: First, as to the facts.

Faith-Based Horror: The Conjuring Is a Misogynistic Cauldron of Toil and Trouble

W. Scott Poole | Posted 09.28.2013 | Entertainment
W. Scott Poole

The Conjuring fails utterly to rise above its reactionary politics. The brothers Hayes wield their faith message like a truncheon.

Rob Zombie Answers Reddit's Questions On Lords of Salem, Childhood and His Next Non-Horror Film

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Reddit asked for a Rob Zombie AMA (Ask Me Anything), and while he has yet to jump on the bandwagon, we've got those redditors covered in this segment where we ask the man himself those hard-hitting questions about his past work and Lords of Salem movie.

Did This 'American Horror Story' Star Reveal The Season 3 Theme?

Posted 03.01.2013 | TV

Is "American Horror Story" heading to Salem for Season 3? Season 1 and Season 2 star Dylan McDermott hinted to E! that "American Horror Story" will...

The Salem Witches Are Missing

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.22.2012 | Weird News
Pat LaMarche

See, for generations after the "witches" were hanged and buried, the community -- at least the politically powerful -- thought they were well rid of these troublesome characters and neither preserved their execution site nor where their bodies were interred.

John Celock

Republican: Voter ID Hysteria Same As Salem Witch Trials

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- A Republican election attorney who accused the Department of Justice of being biased against whites, on Tuesday compared "myths" surroundin...

What IS 'The Sisterhood Of Night'? (VIDEO)

Posted 05.17.2012 | Teen

Vampires are so last year -- and with the new movie "The Sisterhood of Night" stirring up some major social buzz, we're thinking that mysterious secre...

Weather May Have Spurred Famous Historical Event

Posted 04.21.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 04/20/2012 01:12 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Historical records indicate that, worldwide, witch hunts occur ...