Witch-hunts took place during the seventeenth century within American colonies. These were particularly common in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Haven. The myths of a witch had a strong cultural presence in New England and, as like Europe, witchcraft was strongly associated with devil worship. Around eighty people were accused of practicing witchcraft in a witch-hunt which lasted from 1648-1663 in New England. Thirteen women and two men were executed, and the Salem witch trials followed in 1692-3, with the executions of 19 innocent people.
Tens of thousands of people were executed due to being accused of witchcraft in Europe and the American colonies. Although it is not possible today to ascertain the exact number, modern scholars do estimate around 40-50,000 people were slaughtered. Common methods of execution for convicted witches were drowning, hanging and burning. Burning was common, particularly in Europe, as it was considered to be most painful. Prosecutors in American colonies preferred hangings for cases of witchcraft.
This book details witchcraft, the rise and fall of the beliefs of witches throughout American history, and analyzes witchcraft today in America.