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Witchcraft Trials in 17th Century Connecticut: Primary Source Workshop

Students will analyze primary and secondary sources including testimonies, illustrations, and paintings. Use this evidence to form your own conclusions and discover how history can make connections with today's events.
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How has American identity changed over time?
Evaluate how individuals, groups, and institutions in the United States have both promoted and hindered people’s struggles for freedom, equality, and social justice. 
Analyze the role of women and men in key events.
Explore the history of individual Connecticut cities and towns. 
In my experience as a Museum Educator, I led professional development, guided tours, and primary source workshops on the topic of Connecticut's witchcraft trials in Fairfield County, CT. 
Student comprehension is measured by student participation and answering a series of prompts to investigate this history. 
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This history will cover sensitive topics such as bullying, death by hanging in New England, medieval and Puritan religious beliefs connected to Christianity.
John Demos, Entertaining Satan. (Oxford University Press, 1982)
John Demos, The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch Hunting. (New York : Viking, 2008)
Richard Godbeer, Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 (Oxford University Press, 2005)
Lawrence Goodheart, The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut (Univ. of MA Press, 2011)
David Hall, Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England (Duke University Press, 2008)
Carol Karlsen, The Devil in the Shape of a Woman. ( W. W. Norton & Company, 1998)
Richard Ross III, Beyond Salem, Witch Hunting in the CT River Valley (McFarland & Company; Illustrated edition, 2017)
R.G. Tomlinson, Witchcraft Trials of Connecticut. (Hartford, Bond Press, 1978) & Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut (Picton Press, 2012)
Walter Woodward, New England’s Other Witch-hunt: The Hartford Witch-hunt of the 1660s and Changing Patterns in Witchcraft Prosecution. (Organization of American Historians, Magazine of American History, July, 2003)


About Me

Hello! I have over 20 years of experience as a museum educator, creating hands-on classes and workshops that explore the arts, history, and culture. I’ve worked on some really exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with you!

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