The Aftermath Of The Salem Witch Trials

1233 WordsDec 21, 20155 Pages
In the aftermath of the Salem witch trials, the American colonies were shaken to their core. The events were captivating, horrifying and fascinating. In the aftermath, the country looked towards a brighter future, one free of demons and hysteria. America was on the path to modernization, keen on putting aside such old world ideas as witches. In his wide spanning book, America Bewitched, Owen Davies follows America’s life after Salem, recounting the country’s fascination with witchcraft. Through thematic chapters, Davies offers reports of witch-trials, magical beliefs, and the changing attitudes of a modernizing society. While thorough and gripping, the book steers clear of arguing for a specific meaning behind the United States’ continuing enthrallment with the subject. However, a common thread can be found in the evolving attitudes towards beliefs in witchcraft and the European concept of the ‘other.’ By highlighting Davies tales of interracial confrontations in the Spanish colonies of the southwest, the tension between slaves and owners in the Deep South, and the outer reaches of the Alaskan territory, a clear connection ties the United States continuing enthrallment with witchcraft and colonialism. From the time the first conquistadors invaded what would be later known in the states as New Mexico, the Native Americans were seen as evil. In the 17th century, Spanish missionaries observed native peoples’ religions and foreign spiritualism as the work of the devil. It

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