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2007-2008 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2007-2008 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AMS 225 - Salem Witch Trials

Explores the history of and myths surrounding the Salem witch trials, and, more generally, the politics of scapegoating. Readings, including trial transcripts, will focus on the origin, development, and legacy of the trials, and on Puritanism, witchcraft, legal practices, and the status of women in colonial-era New England. Visits to local historical sites will enhance understanding of the trials. The course will also examine more recent witch-hunts and instances of hysteria associated with McCarthyism, AIDS, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the September 11 terrorist attacks. Satisfies the Social Science core requirement.

Prerequisites & Notes
Crosslisted with HST225.

(Cr: 3)