The most famous American witch hunt began in 1692 in Salem, Mass. More than three decades before that notorious event, Long Island had its very own witchcraft trial – the trial of Goody Garlick! Accusations of flying on poles and cavorting with the Devil ran rampant in the colonies during the 17th century. To understand what happened during these trials, we must first understand the stresses of ordinary 17th century life and why the fear of witches existed. PJA800
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