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Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials: Separating Fact from Fiction

Thursday, August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials: Separating Fact from Fiction

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Date:
Thursday, August 8
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Website:
https://congregationallibrary.org/events/cotton-mather-and-swt

Boston’s Reverend Cotton Mather has often been portrayed as an instigator of the Salem trials and a witch hunter. But what exactly was his role in 1692, and why has he been such a polarizing figure? Join us for a virtual roundtable discussion with Salem witch trials historian Marilynne Roach, Rachel Christ-Doane (Director of Education at the Salem Witch Museum), and Tricia Peone (Project Director of New England’s Hidden Histories at the Congregational Library & Archives). This discussion will focus on Cotton Mather’s writings about witchcraft, misconceptions about his role in the Salem witch trials, and his legacy today.

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