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Breslaw’s, Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem, he analyzes how Tituba managed to cause such a widespread panic in the town of Salem. During the spring and summer of 1692, the residents of the small town of Salem and the area around it where thrown into mass chaos and upheaval (Healey, 1998). This was due to what we now know as the infamous Salem Witch hunts. Between the months of March and October, over 150 people were arrested based upon suspicions of witchcraft (Healey, 1998). The effects of these jailings were like dominos and affected the lives of many. This witch hunt caused family and friends to turn on each other. Neighbors ratted each other out in order to prevent themselves from being accused as witches. At the center of these trials was an African-American slave by the name of Tituba. By utilizing her knowledge gained from her experiences in Barbadian and English Culture, she was able to successful syncretize and become the root cause of a widespread witch hunt. Her accusations were lent heavy credence due to the Puritan assumption that Tituba had closer connections to the spirit world because of her “Indianess” (Healey, 2013). Using information she had overheard and witnessed during her slavery, she knew just the right people to target for her false accusations of witch craft. Another display of her near flawless syncretism into her society was her withdrawal of accusations by saying she had lied to protect herself from a master who had beat the confession out of her (Healey, 2013). By saying her confession was beat out of her; she was able to make all her accusations invalid, thus freeing many of the accused. Healy, R.R.(1998). Black Magic (Review of book Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies.H-Women. Retrieved from http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=851

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