Witchcraft in Salem Village in 1692
by Winfield S. Nevins
Since the publication of Witchcraft in Salem Village many writers have been speculating as to the causes which led to what they are pleased to call the delusion, or the craze or the murder ,of 1692. Hypnotism, spiritualism and various isms and ologies are suggested as causes for the outbreak in Salem Viliage. There is no agreement among the commentators as to the true explanation. Only as a person is wedded to some one of the theories does he see any connection between it and the unhappy affair of two hundred years ago. Some of them try to explain the Salem witchcraft by itself, as if it were a separate and distinct distemper from any other ever known.
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