Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: Fact & Fiction
If you read the book, see the play, or watch the movie, you’ll want to read this historian’s account of what really happened. by Margo Burns. More resources.
National Geographic: Salem Witch-Hunt–Interactive
Experience the trials. Will you survive?
Salem Massachusetts Witch Trials
The events which led to the Witch Trials actually occurred in what is now the town of Danvers, then a parish of Salem Town, known as Salem Village. Launching the hysteria was the bizarre, seemingly inexplicable behavior of two young girls.
Salem Witch Museum
A virtual tour. If you intend to visit this historic area, there are good maps and histories..
Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive
Original source documents for serious researchers.
Salem Witchcraft Trials 1692
A fascinating hyperlinked account of the consequences of the lies of some hysterical girls in Puritan New England.
Salem Witch Trials: The World Behind the Hysteria
Enter a world very different from our own – and discover the fears, struggles and beliefs of everyday people in Salem. DiscoverySchool.
The Salem Witch Trials
A dark time in American history. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 were killed during the hysteria. Ever since those dark days ended, the trials have become synonymous with mass hysteria and scapegoating.
Secrets of the Dead – The Witches Curse
In the centuries since, scholars and historians have struggled as well to explain the madness that overtook Salem. Was it sexual repression, dietary deficiency, mass hysteria? Or, could a simple fungus have been to blame? PBS.
TAHPDX: History Topic: The Salem Witch Trials
Detailed study of the Salem Witch Trials. For older students. Was it an isolated and constricted example of mass hysteria – the madness of crowds in a small place – or was it a social phenomenon with powerful economic implications (just to name two of the possibilities).
A Walk To Witch Hill
On the 19th of July, 1692, an unusual stir might have been observed in Salem. We may suppose the town excited beyond any thing that had been known in its history. The condemned witches, Sarah Good, Sarah Wildes, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, and Rebecca Nurse, were to be hanged on Gallows Hills.