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dc.contributor.authorGagnon, Heather Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:51:01Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:51:01Z
dc.date.issued1997-05-21en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-204516459731541en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36535
dc.description.abstractOn June 10, 1692, Bridget Bishop was hung as a witch in the community of Salem Village of the Massachusetts colony. Bishop was the first of twenty that died, all of whom professed their innocence. By the end of the madness, more than two hundred persons stood accused of witchcraft. They attempted to prove their innocence or they falsely admitted guilt in order to save their own lives. Citizens did not discuss the episode for many years after the trials were ended. The whole episode was an embarrassing blemish on the history of the state, and there was little atonement for the unjust hangings of those who had proclaimed their innocence. Three hundred years later, Salem, Massachusetts is very different. The image of the witch on a broomstick has been commercialized, and the city has become known as the "Witch City." The city makes over $25 million a year in tourism and is one of the largest tourist attractions in all of New England. This change raises some very important questions, such as how did this change occur? Why did it occur? Is Salem unique? How did perceptions change over time, and why? This thesis attempts to answer these questions by examining a variety of sources. This thesis strives to explain how a tiny New England town that experienced the tragic phenomenon of the witch trials and hangings, evolved into the present-day Witch City.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartETD.PDFen_US
dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectmassachusettsen_US
dc.subjectwitchesen_US
dc.subjectwitch trialsen_US
dc.subjectcitiesen_US
dc.subjectsalemen_US
dc.titleScandalous Beginnings: Witch Trials to Witch Cityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairNurse, Ronald J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEkirch, A. Rogeren_US
dc.contributor.committeememberThorp, Daniel B.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-204516459731541/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-07-13en_US
dc.date.rdate1997-05-21
dc.date.adate1997-05-21en_US


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