The Salem Witch Hunt: A Brief History with Documents.

The essay is about the book. “The Salem Witch Hunt”

DONT CITE anything out of this book! No google or internet referrals, everything is from the book! e.g.: refer a quote to page 49.

Essay – The Salem Witch Hunt

Pick one of the following questions and write an essay of 1,000-1,250 words on the subject, with a well-crafted thesis defended with evidence and analysis in the body.

Based on reading the documents, how did the colonists interpret and make sense of extraordinary events and occurrences in their lives, especially in terms of the relationship between the natural and supernatural worlds?

Analyze the trials and their use of evidence. What made the accused women and men seem likely to be witches? What kinds of evidence were offered against the accused and in their defense, and how did conflicts between neighbors figure in these accusations?

Since the accusers, and many of the accused, were women, analyze the role of gender in the witch hunt. What role and effect did the subordinate status of women in New England have on the trials?

Study the role of nonconformity in the witch hunt. What role did it play in the accusations and trials? What kind of people were the accused, and how did they fit (or not) into the larger New England society?

Important note on use of evidence: This essay needs to come primarily from the primary source material (the documents) in the book. This means your paper should avoid the use of material from the Preface and the Introduction, as well as the background and introductions to the sources in the book. Use the documents themselves to support your thesis and arguments.
Presentation Requirements:

Line Spacing: double

Margins: one inch (2.5 cm) on all sides

Paragraphs: indent the first line by 0.5 in (1.25 cm)

Title Page: include the title of your essay, your name, and the course.

Pagination: number all pages, except for the title page. The title page is not page 1.

Style and Grammar: Use proper spelling and punctuation, and write in the active
voice. Write in the third person only – do not use we, I, me, us, etc.

Font: 12 point, black ink, Times New Roman.

Documentation: Use parenthetical citations of the page numbers and no outside sources, including the internet.

Quoting: Avoid excessively long quotes. Paraphrasing is preferred. No block quoting.

Word Count: Put at either the end of the test or on the title page.

Plagiarism: Not tolerated, including not citing sources properly or sloppy citations, and paraphrasing authors and not citing their ideas.#4

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