What makes witches so fascinating—and so terrifying? Maybe it’s all the stuff they’ve been accused of doing over the years: eating children, having sex with the devil, making someone’s bread smell funny. Admittedly, some of their hijinks are more fascinating and terrifying than others, but it’s undeniable that witches are a staple of nightmares, fairy tales ... and American history. Yet few of us realize what a pervasive presence witches have been in America. This history is traditionally and perhaps justly defined by the Salem witch trials, but we do ourselves a disservice when we limit our awareness of American witches to the year 1692. The purpose of this book is to bring to light some of the extraordinary lesser- known stories from America’s witch history. You’re about to undertake a strange and startling tour across four hundred years of witchcraft in America, and it’s going to be way weirder than you can even imagine. Our Broomstick Tour will showcase America as you’ve never seen it. Here is a sneak peek at what we’ll encounter along the way. Ready to take off? Look—down there! On the deck of that storm-tossed ship on its way to the New World we see a mob of angry sailors about to hang an old lady; in a few moments, she’ll be swinging above the deck from a makeshift gallows on the yardarm. And over there, in that seemingly normal Puritan household in New England—are those children flying around the room? And quick, over there at the hearth! Is something trying to pull that little girl into the fire? And what on earth is going on here? It’s the eve of the Civil War; why is that man putting on a dress to go witch hunting in New York City?

 

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