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Students are often captivated by the story of the Salem witch trials.  But do they understand the deeper causes of the crisis?  And do they see what the crisis reveals about life in Massachusetts at the end of the 17th century?  In this lesson, students use four historical sources to build a more textured understanding of both the causes and historical context of these dramatic events.


 

Image: 17th century engraving of alleged witches being tried in Salem. From the Wikimedia Commons.

Comments:

Excellent lesson and use of informational sources. I was truly amazed at how my students were able to draw powerful conclusion about the cause of the Salem Witch Trials.
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