The Similarities of 17th-Century Salem and the Modern World
One historian and author went to direct archival sources to write a personality-driven book about the Salem witch trials. Marilynne K. Roach joins State of Belief to discuss Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, and to explain how the Salem story is a cautionary tale for today’s America. She notes the disturbing parallels between the Salem trials and modern day, including the accusations of Satanism and possession hurled at LGBTQ people by some modern religious leaders in the United States, as well as the many atrocities committed around the world in the name of those claiming to battle witchcraft and demonic possession.

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