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The History of Witches in America

Average rating: 4.8Number of reviews: (48)
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This is a one-time class about the history of Witches in America for students from ages 11-15 years old.
Phyllis Southards, MHA, TESOL
Average rating: 4.8Number of reviews: (193)
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Meets once
60 minute class


Class Experience

Students will learn the history of witches and their persecution in the Americas as well as how this culture has developed over time in America.
The witch trials of early European and American history constitute a formative event in our civil society’s evolution. They expressed a theocratic mindset supported by civil power over life and death. The significance of this information serves as an object lesson in governance and the world today. 
As a person who has been researching this topic for over twenty years, I use a wide range of verified sources and different types of sources. I make a point to select my resources deliberately and with the age group and verified data in mind. I have made a practice of collecting, recording, and verifying years of data on the subject of the witch-trails, ancient traditions and teachings, and ancient history and cultural beliefs. 
I can make connections between various sources of data, processing it into understandable and relatable information. The information taught in my classes is verifiable and based on actual historical records. 
This class will get the students thinking and generating new questions to ask about our collective pasts. Without knowledge of our past, we undoubtedly place ourselves on a path to repeat those mistakes. I feel confident that I can teach your student objective and unbiased history based on pure historical fact. I have a masters degree in Healthcare Administration, and I am well versed in research and finding definitive information with a minor in cultural anthropology. Thank you

The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, (Levack, B.P., ( 2013)).
The Witch-hunt in Early Modern Europe, (Levack, B.P.,  (2006)).
Writing Witch-Hunt Histories: Challenging the Paradigm, (Nenonen, M., Toivo, R.M., ( 2013)).
Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 4; The Period of the Witch Trials, (Ankarloo, B., Clark, S., E., Monter, W., (2002)).
Witch Hunts in Europe and America: An Encyclopedia, (Burns, W.E.,( 2003)).
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Images of Salem witch trails- these are all drawings that were done at the time of the trails. Only used for reference and historical purposes. 

Meet the teacher

Phyllis Southards, MHA, TESOL
Average rating: 4.8Number of reviews: (193)
My name is Phyllis, Welcome to my profile. I'm a retired nurse and hold a master's degree in healthcare administration by personal profession. 

Some of my classes are about the witch trials of early European and American history which... 
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