01 | The Arrival

The stage is set, the characters are introduced, and the spell is cast. Welcome to Salem Village, home to a diverse and complicated gathering of families and personalities. It is a pile of dry kindling, and the match is about to be struck.



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  2. Samuel Parris, “Sermon Notebook of Samuel Parris: January 3, 1691,” Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive, University of Virginia, http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/sermons/parris-sermon-3-jan-1691.html
  3. Marilynne Roach, The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege (New York: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2004).
  4. David Goss, The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide (Westport, CT: Greenwood 2008).
  5. Richard Latner, “ ‘Here Are No Newters’: Witchcraft and Religious Discord in Salem Village and Andover,” The New England Quarterly 79.1 (2006), pp. 92–122.
  6. Stephen Foster, The Long Argument: English Puritanism and the Shaping of New England Culture, 1570–1700 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).
  7. Benjamin C. Ray, Satan and Salem: The Witch-hunt Crisis of 1692 (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2015).
  8. Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1974).
  9. Larry Gragg, A Quest for Security: The Life of Samuel Parris, 1653–1720 (Westport, CT: Greenwood 1990).