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  1. Feb 2023
    1. blasphemy, and the systematic rejection of religion, was anothermatter.

      Recall both the seriousness and the violence and cruelty of the Salem witch trials which were roughly contemporaneous.

  2. Nov 2021
    1. Just as odd old women were once subject to accusations of witchery, so too are certain types of people now more likely to fall victim to modern mob justice.

      Modern mob justice is not too dissimilar to the historical experience of the Salem witch trials.

      How might one rewrite Arthur Miller's The Crucible within the framework of modern cancel culture? What does that look like? We need more art to reflect these changes in society to tell our story and get people thinking.

  3. Feb 2017
    1. Cotton Mather

      This man was a huge influence on the Salem witch trials!! I totally called it.

      "Mather published Memorable Providences, detailing the supposed afflictions of several children in the Goodwin family in Boston. Robert Calef, a contemporary critic of Mather, considered this book responsible for laying the groundwork for the Salem witch trials"

    2. against women speaking in public was based on the assumption that they were irrational and, if so, could persuade only by seduc-tively employing their sexuality;

      Gee, almost seems like the phrase, "She's a witch!" is about to appear here.