It is well known that we Amelia Islanders are trouble makers. But did you know it was someone from here, or roundabouts, that was responsible for the Salem Witch Trials? Or so says a noted historian writing for the Gilder Lehrman Quarterly Journal. http://www.historynow.org/06_2009/historian.html. The article is entitled The Years of Magical Thinking: Explaining the Salem Witchcraft Crisis.
Author Mary Beth Norton has reached some fascinating conclusions about the trial, which began when a local slave named. Tituba was accused of being a witch and then confessed, in great detail and naming many others as fellow witches.
Many recent historians assumed she brought these ideas of witchcraft with her from
In the end, twenty-seven people were convicted, nineteen of them (fourteen women, five men) hanged; the last executions were on
The article is short and a nice read. The issue also has several other articles of interest.